Don Young's House committee assignments may be in jeopardy

Congressman Don Young’s legal woes could cost him his committee assignments in the U.S. House, according to an article in today’s edition of Roll Call. The newspaper says yesterday’s reports that Young is under a federal criminal investigation as part of the widening federal probe of corruption in Alaska politics has gotten other Republicans talking about how to “address the Young matter.”

Roll Call’s report says part of those conversations include whether he should be removed as ranking Republican on the Natural Resources Committee and second-ranking Republican on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. There’s also talk about whether Young should stay on the Republican Steering Committee.

A Young spokeswoman says speculation appears to be coming from a group of fiscally conservative Republicans that Young clashed with recently. She says no one in the House Republican leadership is pressuring Young to step aside at this point.

Meanwhile Young underwent prostate surgery Tuesday and was discharged from the hospital Wednesday.