Zinke Fires Off Sharp Tweet After Grijalva Calls For Resignation

By Alexis Egeland

WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blasted Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, on Twitter Friday after the congressman wrote an editorial calling on Zinke to resign “immediately” in the face of multiple, ongoing ethics investigations.

Grijalva, long a critic of Zinke’s and of his management of the Interior Department, said in the op-ed in Friday’s USA Today that the “sheer scope of his (Zinke’s) well-documented scandals” demand that the secretary resign.

Those include at least one inspector general’s investigation that has been referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution, Grijalva said.

Zinke, in a blistering personal Twitter attack, said several hours later that it was Grijalva who should step down.

The tweet said Grijalva can’t “think straight from the bottom of the bottle” and that the lawmaker should resign and pay back the “hush money and the tens of thousands” of dollars that Interior has spent “investigating unfounded allegations” from Congress.

The tweet appeared to be a reference to news reports of a $48,000 settlement Grijalva reportedly paid a former staffer in 2015, who accused the Tucson Democrat of being drunk at work and creating a hostile work environment.

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Zinke’s attack was leveled at a man who is expected to become chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee next year, the panel with direct oversight of the Interior Department.

Even before the tweeted response, Grijalva vowed the committee would be taking a closer look at Zinke and his department once Democrats take over the House next year.

“Should I chair the committee in January, as I hope to do, those questions will only intensify as part of my and my colleagues’ legitimate oversight duties,” Grijalva wrote.

8 Comments on "Zinke Fires Off Sharp Tweet After Grijalva Calls For Resignation"

  1. No matter what Zinke may have or have not done, it pales in comparison to what the fat, lying toad has done in his lifetime to the good people of southern AZ. Open borders, crappy schools, all Mexico all the time. And yet, the people keep electing that fat piece of garbage which is totally beyond my comprehension. Just one more waste in the swamp. Have anoher shot, Raul……

  2. The Oracle of Tucson | December 1, 2018 at 5:56 am | Reply

    This is really rich, the proverbial pot calling the kettle black.
    Because it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recall that when it comes to “well documented” controversy and morally bankrupt piss poor behavior, the all too often constantly drunken tax dollar addicted parasitic Rep. Raùl Graftjalva (D) Mexico, is the standard bearer.
    While it is often with great difficulty to distinguish which hole Rãul is talking out of anytime he generates noise, if the man were remotely interested in upholding his oath of office to thebenifit of the nation, he’d immediately commit suicide.
    IMHO: No greater example of double standards will ever exist then for the open fly drunken pig Rãul to question or attack anyone over scandal.

    The Oracle

  3. Well said, Zinke. Too bad he owns Tucson, Pima County and the majority of elected political offices from County Supervisors to TUSD Board. YUCK!

  4. Sure, a drunk is going to be held accountable in d.c. Thats when the merry go round stops. In the 20 years that greedy has been there cant remember 1 thing he has done for the USA or anyone else. Right now they have a good target rich environment to lay claim to all kind of things. Yet when bho was there you never heard a word. Now that the economy and stuff is up it time I guess for the turds (all of them) to start out gassing since their beloved one FAILED and the ‘change america’ program is on its ass. Too bad they only care for self and thats it, this country USED to be the one they represent, now its party only. Pretty much like the socialist institutions they hold so dear.

  5. The nicest thing I can say is Grijalva is a pathetic human being. Alcoholism brings out the very worst in people. Couple that with the megalomania that comes with being a career politician and you have a real mess. Term Limits.

  6. And yet this swine insults everyone just by being. Thank you morons for voting this buttwipe in for yet another agonizing term. Go have another drink!

  7. Haha, crooked greedy immoral commie greedy javalina calling the kettle black

    Like cankles Clinton asking trump if he would conceed before the election was over and 2 years later she hasn’t conceeded yet haha

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