The Washington Post has a story today about a government contract being awarded to a teeny-tiny Whitefish business.
Whitefish Energy received the government contract to restore Puerto Rico’s power.
The whole story is worth a read, particularly because of the absurdity that a company with two full-time employees could be the best option for a $300 million contract to bring back power to Puerto Rico, but this part sticks out:
Whitefish Energy is based in Whitefish, Mont., the home town of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Its chief executive, Andy Techmanski, and Zinke acknowledge knowing one another — but only, Zinke’s office said in an email, because Whitefish is a small town where “everybody knows everybody.” One of Zinke’s sons “joined a friend who worked a summer job” at one of Techmanski’s construction sites, the email said. Whitefish said he worked as a “flagger.”
Zinke’s office said he had no role in Whitefish securing the contract for work in Puerto Rico. Techmanski also said Zinke was not involved.
Here at the Cowgirl blog, we started to receive tips and comments about this story five days ago, when Montana Public Radio ran a story on it.
While MTPR did not mention Zinke, many of the e-mailers and tipsters did.
Apparently, Techmanski likes to brag around town about how connected he is with Zinke. As reported in the Post’s story, Zinke’s son used to draw a paycheck from the company. I am sure that had nothing to do with this company, of two people, securing a ginormous government contract.
Impeccable, irrefutable, and never irresponsible, Ryan Zinke would never be involved in such a thing. Unless, Zinke was full of crap all along.
I’ll bet you $300 million. Any takers?