Tonight in Anchorage the Hispanic Affairs Council invited all candidates running for Alaska’s sole House seat to a forum. Ahem! Roll call, please! Sean Parnell?…check. Gabrielle LeDoux?….check. Diane Benson?….check. Ethan Berkowitz?…check. Hmmm. Someone’s missing. Who might it be? Ah, yes. Don Young…. Don? Are you here Don? (crickets)
Of course not. After agreeing to attend the forum via teleconference from Washington D.C., the congressman suddenly canceled at the last minute, due to (get this) a ‘scheduling conflict’. A scheduling conflict from 9-11 pm Eastern time? What might this secret nighttime meeting be? A conference with his pillow? Poor time management? He obviously didn’t make time to attend the grow-a-spine seminar.
It shouldn’t surprise us that he turned tail at the prospect of meeting face-to-virtual-face with those chomping at the bit to end his 18-term career. He’s been dodging the media, the public, and any question-asking entity for months now. Questions are just too darned uncomfortable.
Coming on the heels of the announcement yesterday that the special Legal Defense Fund he set up (after already spending more than $1.1 million on legal fees) had shown ‘no activity’ in its first reporting period, this has been a bad week for the Don.
He’ll have to surface at some point if he hopes to make a serious run. We’re waiting….