Embattled Interior Secretary Zinke calls Rep. Grijalva ‘drunken‘ after ‘resignation‘ demand

Embattled Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday angrily lashed out at a congressman , saying Rep. Raul Grijalva used tax dollars to pay off a staffer with “hush money to cover up his drunken and hostile behavior.”

“It‘s hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle,” Zinke said in a scathing tweet he posted in response to Arizona Democrat Grijalva‘s op-ed piece in

Heather Swift, Zinke‘s spokeswoman, told CNBC in email, “The Secretary‘s statement speaks for itself.”

Responding to Zinke‘s tweet, Grijalva said in an email, “The American people know who I‘m here to serve, and they know in whose interests I‘m acting. They don‘t know the same about Secretary Zinke.”

The nasty back-and-forth underscored both , and a previous situation involving Grijalva and a former top staffer on a congressional committee.

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