Rep. Don Young downplays report he threatened former House Speaker with a knife

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Former US House speaker John Boehner told online news outlet 'Politico' that Representative Don Young once held a knife up to his neck following a heckling inside Congress.
According to the report, Boehner had been ridiculing Young about the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" before the senior congressman allegedly "pinned Boehner against a wall inside the House chamber and held a 10-inch knife to his throat."
Boehner's response to the weapon brandishing was reportedly an expletive directed at Young.
According to Young, not all of the background of the incident made it into the published account.
He said that while what Boehner told reporters was mostly a true story, he also categorized it as "one of those tall tales from the House floor."
Young said that Boehner loves the story, and that, like a tall tale, it can get embellished every time it gets told.
According to Young's spokesperson, Matt Shuckerow, the exchange was part of a long friendship between the two men.
He said that Boehner served as Young's best man at his wedding.