Alaska: Young Team Apologizes for Misstatement in Ad

Posted July 28, 2008 at 6:27pm

Rep. Don Young’s (R) campaign apologized Friday for incorrectly naming the group that awarded him the Hero of the Taxpayer Award in a radio spot. The recently released ad from Young’s campaign said that Taxpayers for Common Sense gave him the award, but a statement from Young’s campaign Friday conceded it was actually Americans for Tax Reform that commended the senior Republican.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused,” the campaign’s statement said. “Please be assured that the ads are being corrected to reflect that Americans for Tax Reform awarded the Congressman with this award for his commitment to the American taxpayer and his support of legislation to decrease taxes.”

Young is in the fight of his electoral life with two Republican primary challengers, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell and state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux. Even if he emerges from the GOP primary, he will face a tough general election opponent, most likely former state House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz (D).

Young had come under fire from the anti-tax group the Club for Growth, which supports Parnell, and TCS for incorrectly stating which organization gave him the award.

TCS issued a statement last Friday saying its organization did not have a “Hero of the Taxpayer” award and requested Young stop using its name in his advertisements. TCS, which under its tax status cannot endorse or oppose candidates, said the only award Young has received from the group is the 2003 Golden Fleece Award for “extreme cases of wasteful government spending.”