Sure looks like it, based on what Cape Cod Times editor in chief Paul Pronovost told Mindy Todd of WCAI-FM yesterday.
"In fact we took some effort to try to get Don Young to talk about it because I think the question that naturally comes to people's minds is - why would an Alaskan congressman weigh in on an issue that is so crucial to the Cape?" Pronovost asked, "a good 4,500 miles away from his district?"
Times reporters made more than a dozen phone calls to Young's office over several weeks and the paper "even sent a reporter to Washington seeking comment and were never able to get the congressman to speak to us," Pronovost said.
In response to the Times' persistent inquiries, "we did get an aide to finally discuss a little bit, really vaguely, about the amendment," Pronovost said.
"And what was interesting is that at the same time our reporter was down (in D.C.) trying to get comment, the congressman and aides apparently were drafting a letter to his colleagues urging support of this amendment," Pronovost said.
In other words, the presence of a pesky reporter asking awkward questions may have forced Young to divulge his covert role in pushing the amendment, something Young was previously unwilling to do.
Back on Dec. 5, for example, Congressional Quarterly ran a story, "Cape Wind Fear," stating that "Young spokesman Steve Hansen denies that any such amendment is in the works, and dismisses the Cape Wind counter initiative as “paranoid.”
Pronovost's disdain for Young's backroom machinations was obvious when he said, "frankly, I don't think it's great government to be dealing with this without some public discussion and debate."