U.S. Rep. Don Young said he recently tested positive for COVID-19 but that he’s doing fine.
“I have tested positive for COVID-19,” he announced Nov. 12 on Twitter. “I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask for privacy at this time. May God Bless Alaska.”
Young, age 87, easily won his 25th consecutive term in Congress. He currently enjoys 31,000 vote lead over his closest challenger Alyse Galvin with roughly 30,000 more absentee and early votes to tabulate.
Young’s Twitter feed was filled with scores of well wishes and prayers, but a number of liberal detractors actually celebrated the fact that he had contracted the virus. Some comments expressed a desire to see the long-serving congressman suffer or even die from the disease.
Political bloggger and Huffington Post writer Shannon Moore, of Homer, chose to use Young’s illness announcement to disparage the Dean of the U.S. House during his recovery.
“Live your life in a way that people don’t hope you choke on your own words about #COVID19,” she Tweeted. “The time for privacy was before you infected other people, you dip[$#!*].”
By easily defeating challenger Galvin, Young will resume his role as the longest serving member of the current Congress. He won his first term in 1973.