The scandals swirling around EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt continues to get worse by the day. The latest leak reported by Politico says that the lobbyist owners of Pruitt’s condo became frustrated with his continued use of the property after the expiration of their lease arrangement. Not only did they reportedly ask him to leave, but went as far as changing the locks. Pruitt’s deal would be hard for most people to give up: $50 a night for a condo in a prime location where he would only pay for those nights when he used the room. Realtors confirm that obvious that it was a sweetheart deal and the most recent disclosure would indicate that Pruitt was not eager to let it go.
Politico reports that Pruitt’s “disgruntled landlords” tried to end the use of the room to no avail. They understood that Pruitt would just use the deal for six weeks but Pruitt failed to move out: “The couple, Vicki and Steve Hart, became so frustrated by their lingering tenant that they eventually pushed him out and changed their locks.”
Between millions spent on an 18 man security team, exorbitant office expenses, and first class travel, it is hard to make Pruitt look worse. However, there is nothing quite as bad as the optics of a pro-industry EPA Administrator being locked out of energy lobbyists’ condo.