When the White House awarded a two-person company from Montana a $300 million contract to restore power to Puerto Rico, it obviously raised some red flags.
The company, Whitefish Energy Holdings, just so happens to be located in the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. It also employed Zinke’s son for a summer. So yeah, Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city, San Juan, was a little skeptical.
“The contract should be voided right away and a proper process which is clear, transparent, legal, moral and ethical should take place,” she told Yahoo News on Wednesday.
Whitefish responded by saying her comments were misplaced.
The company responded with maturity and respect to Cruz’s comment. Oh wait, nope, they tweeted this.
We’ve got 44 linemen rebuilding power lines in your city & 40 more men just arrived. Do you want us to send them back or keep working?
— Whitefish Energy (@WhitefishEnergy) October 25, 2017
Yeahhhh. Threatening to pack up and go home when only 25 percent of the power grid has been restored seems kind of callous.
At that point, the Twitter battle was on.
They are threatening not to do their job which frankly is quite irregular for a company hired to the work for the public sector.
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 25, 2017
Other Twitter users joined in. Perhaps Whitefish Energy should read a Wikipedia entry about the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico?
Sadly, hospitals, schools, and other buildings will stay dark in Puerto Rico as this tiny firm continues to clash with San Juan’s mayor.