EPA Chief On Gifts From Alaskans: “I Threw The F—ing Thing Away”
EPA Chief, Gina McCarthy during her visit to Alaska. (Eric Engman/News-Miner) (News Miner.com)
Class. Not every person whose famous, or in a position of power, is blessed with it. In the case of EPA Chief, Gina McCarthy, she isn’t even on the same planet when it comes to being ‘classy’.
Case in point. According to an article on News Miner.com, in an article published earlier this month in the Wall Street Journal, she had some not so nice things to say about some of the gifts she received while on her trip to Alaska:
FAIRBANKS—Environmental Protection Agency Chief Gina McCarthy is being criticized by Alaska officials for two disparaging comments she made about Interior Alaska in a recent Wall Street Journal article.
The Journal article, “Rare Detente: New EPA Chief and Industry,” focused mostly on McCarthy’s ability to find relative harmony between the regulatory agency and energy companies, citing specifically her unrelentingly forthright nature.
In the story, McCarthy told a Wall Street Journal reporter earlier this month that she had been surprised by the government’s strict ethics regulation regarding the acceptance of gifts, going on to ridicule two gifts in particular she received while visiting the Interior in August.
The story said she remarked how officials chased her down for accepting a small North Pole pin someone gave her at an event — “I threw the f—ing thing away,” she said she told them) — and for receiving a jar of moose meat that “could gag a maggot.” The moose meat was given by a little girl during a hearing, the story said.
North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward, who said he was the “someone” who gave McCarthy the pin, took issue with the EPA chief’s brusque dismissal of his gift and called for an apology.
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