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Looks like McCain won't get 2008 help from Alaska


Rep. Don Young is pissed and Bush-humping John McCain was the focus of a very public blast at a news conference in Anchorage by the congressman. McCain’s railing on the “bridge to nowhere” project resulted in the funding to the state losing its earmarks, the beneficiary of which would have been the bridge construction. (Anchorage Daily News):

At a rare Anchorage news conference Thursday, Rep. Don Young urged state lawmakers to help pay for the big bridges in Anchorage and Ketchikan and blamed Sen. John McCain for spoiling public opinion of the embattled projects.

…After Hurricane Katrina leveled New Orleans in the fall, Young became a fixture in national media as critics asked why Congress was spending hundreds of millions of dollars for bridges in Alaska instead of to rebuild Louisiana.

Young and Sen. Ted Stevens fought to keep federal earmarks for $223 million for a Ketchikan-Gravina Island bridge and $229 million for the Knik bridge proposal. Alaska got the $452 million, but the earmarks are gone, meaning state lawmakers can use the money for other projects. In retrospect, Young said he wouldn’t have pursued the projects any differently. He said he was a victim of circumstance. And U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.

A potential contender in the next presidential race, McCain’s criticism of the bridges helped the project become a national joke for comedians and personalities like Jay Leno, David Letterman and Rush Limbaugh, Young said.

I will never work for John McCain. Ever. I may support Hillary Clinton if he gets the nomination,” Young told an audience at the Palmer Rotary.

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