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In the last week, a member of Pruitt’s press team, Michael Abboud, has been shopping negative stories about Zinke to multiple outlets, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the efforts, as well as correspondence reviewed by The Atlantic.
The stories were shopped with the intention of “taking the heat off of Pruitt,” the sources said, in the aftermath of the EPA chief’s punishing congressional hearing last week. They both added, however, that most reporters felt the story was not solid enough to run. On Thursday, Patrick Howley of Big League Politics published a piece on the allegations; he did not respond to request for comment as to his sources.
Abboud alleged to reporters that an Interior staffer conspired with former EPA deputy chief of staff Kevin Chmielewski to leak damaging information about the EPA, as part of a rivalry between Zinke and Pruitt. The collaboration, Abboud claimed, allowed the Interior staffer to prop up Zinke at the expense of Pruitt, and Chmielewski to “get back” at his former boss. Abboud offered to connect reporters with Healy Baumgardner as a second source, according to a person with direct knowledge. Baumgardner, a former Trump campaign official, is a global energy lobbyist for the U.S.-China Exchange. She’s close to some EPA officials, the source, as well as an EPA official, confirmed. Baumgardner did not immediately return a request for comment.
originally posted by: Mach2
I support Trump because I agree with a majority of his policies, but Pruitt needs to go.
originally posted by: Metallicus
The focus on sexual harassment was always going to go badly for the Democrats. While not all Republicans are Conservative there aren’t any Conservatives that are Democrats.
The problem is that Conservatives like me don’t think about one night stands, flirting with multiple women and cheating on our wives. I know it might be hard for some to comprehend, but there are many Conservatives like me with integrity and moral character.
Liberals laugh at people like me and celebrate the Godless and immoral. It stands to reason that liberals will be offenders at higher rates than Conservatives.
Another problem for liberals is that Conservatives are more likely to overlook the testimony of loose women as them getting what they deserve instead of it being the man’s fault. I am not saying this is always true, but this is why you see many Conservative overlooking stories about their candidates.
This has naturally all backfired for liberals and it will continue to do so. Sure there are scumbag Republicans, but there are many more scumbag Democrats.
You made your bed ...enjoy.