So I was reading the Anchorage Daily News this morning in the tiny Russian village of Ninilchik, and came across this story, first reported in the Fairbanks newspaper:
Former Republican presidential contender Ron Paul has endorsed Don Young in his bid to win an 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Paul, the 72-year-old congressman from Texas whose maverick presidential bid drew wide support in Alaska, sent out a letter to his supporters here urging them to vote for Young.
“Don and I have served together in Congress for many years, and I consider him a friend,” Paul wrote in the letter. “Don has been an outspoken voice against environmental extremists over the years and has strongly opposed the types of federal regulatory overreach advocated in the name of environmentalism.”
Paul and Young are a bit of an odd couple. Paul is a fiscal conservative; Young believes in earmarking federal dollars for Alaska wherever possible. Paul opposes the Iraq war; Young supports it.
It’s a puzzling endorsement. Young has no respect for taxpayers, is being investigated for corruption, and pretty much embodies everything that’s wrong with Washington. His opponent isn’t exactly libertarianism personified, but he is at least in support of earmark reform, and has been endorsed by the Club for Growth (a fact Young is using against him). Young, on the other hand, openly boasts about wasting taxpayer money on Alaskan boondoggles. If Paul and Young are friends, that’s fine. But Young’s an abomination, and deserves to be fired. If I’d given money to Paul’s presidential campaign or to his Liberty PAC, I’d be rethinking my donation right about now.