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Time for Zinke to go
Ryan Zinke’s time at the Interior Department has been nothing short of a disaster. In a scandal-ridden, chaotic administration, his repeated abuse of taxpayer resources and flagrant disregard for ethics stands out. Even lobbyists in the oil and gas industry are calling Zinke “a total walking disaster.”
Here’s a small sample of Ryan Zinke’s outrageous behavior since he took over the Interior Department in March 2017:
- He is currently under at least four different investigations by the Interior Department’s Inspector General.
- He is currently being investigated for his role in a land development deal in Whitefish, Montana involving a group backed by the chairman of Halliburton, which received assistance from a nonprofit foundation established by Zinke.
- He is currently under investigation for his decision to prevent two Native American tribes from operating a Connecticut casino.
- He has kept a secret calendar hidden from public scrutiny.
- The Inspector General issued a report disclosing that Interior Department ethics officials were troubled by Zinke’s decision to allow his wife to travel with him. Zinke also told his staff to explore the possibility of lining up a volunteer job for his wife at the Interior Department so he wouldn’t have to pay for her travel.
- He tried to sell off public lands from the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, benefiting corporate special interests.
- Zinke’s use of his public office for personal gain has even been referred to the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation, and days after the Interior ethics watchdog referred that investigation to the Justice Department, Zinke reportedly moved to fire and replace her with a political operative.
Friend, after all this, it’s time we tell Ryan Zinke: YOU’RE FIRED!
But wait, there’s more. During his 20 months in office, Secretary Zinke has allowed the future of the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to remain in limbo. And he recently tapped a supporter of anti-public lands extremists to be the Interior Department’s Deputy Solicitor of Wildlife and Parks.
It’s clear Ryan Zinke is not up to the job of being Secretary of the Interior. Zinke has shown he has no qualms abusing his position as a government official for personal gain at taxpayers’ expense. This needs to end.
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