The Alaska State House unanimously condemned language used by the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency to describe gifts she received in the state.
In the process of describing the strictness of ethics guidelines, Gina McCarthy said she received a jar of moose meat in Alaska that could – quote – “gag a maggot.” She also acknowledged throwing away a pin she was given in North Pole, and used an expletive to describe the action. The comments were reported in a profile by the Wall Street Journal.
In the official rebuke state representatives passed on Monday, they expressed concern that those comments indicate an anti-Alaska bias. The measure was introduced by North Pole Republican Doug Isaacson.
McCarthy apologized to Alaska’s congressional delegation last week.
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