In any normal administration – one that actually cared about corruption, and the rule of law – Scott Pruitt would have been ousted long ago. But this is not a normal administration, and Donald Trump embraces corruption, and rejects the rule of law.
Scott Pruitt’s scandals piled up until he finally was forced to resign in disgrace. He was in it to benefit himself, as everyone could see. Whether it was the condo rented at ridiculously low prices from a lobbyist, his attempt to use his government employees and connections to the GOP to find a high-paying job for his wife, or his first-class travel to places he has no need to go (other than as a tourist), Pruitt showed time and again that he intended to squeeze every last benefit out of his government-funded job as EPA Administrator. He stayed as long as he did because industry loves him. Pruitt was very good at dismantling the EPA. He effectively destroyed the hard work of the Administrators who preceded him – those who believed in the EPA’s mission, and understood the value of clean air and water, and beautiful spaces, unmarred by exploration and exploitation. Through Pruitt, the GOP showed us exactly what it is. It will tolerate and even embrace corruption to please its donors – especially donors as generous as the oil and gas industries. It will accept the misconduct of even someone like Pruitt, so long as he effectively delivers what GOP donors demand. Determined journalists and activists finally forced him out, but it took far too long.
Tom McClintock never spoke out against Scott Pruitt’s corruption, e is just as committed to pleasing his donors, instead of his constituents. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.