It’s hard being Interior Secretary. Ryan Zinke is learning that.
Montana’s former Congressman turned Trump Cabinet Secretary is currently under investigation for the alleged threats he made to Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski during the GOP’s failed health care boondoggle.
He is seeing wide-spread opposition to his plan to reduce the size of our National Monuments in order to allow for more of that sweet sweet corporate profits for energy companies.
Lo and behold, Mr. Zinke is not very popular right now.
A new poll from the Western Values Project shows most Montanans aren’t too big of fans of Zinke.
According to the poll, “Voters are also less likely to believe the Interior Secretary “understands Montana”, with fewer than three in ten (29%) believing this describes Zinke very well.”
This really is the logical conclusion for Zinke’s metamorphosis. Montana politics has seen Zinke go from moderate state legislator, to crack-pot LT Gov candidate, to right-wing nutjob Congressman, and now to the lackey of a President from New York City who probably thinks a whitetail is just some woman he has yet to grope.
Zinke may have finally “made it”–he gets to fly around the country, cut ribbons, threaten Senators, the works, but he has crystallized what some of us have known for years: he’s left Montana and any semblance of Montana values behind.
This post features a political cartoon from Butte’s Paul Seccomb.