In case you hadn’t heard, Marilyn Pruitt, wife of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, really wants a job. A stay-at-home mom since the ’90s, she appears to be very bored in D.C., so bored in fact that her husband has been scrambling to find her something to do since she arrived.
As the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, Pruitt directed one of his top aides to shake down Republican donors asking them to employ his wife somewhere, anywhere. And this is on top of their reporting last week that found Pruitt had also used EPA resources to try to help his wife buy a Chick-fil-A franchise to run.
All of this leads me to ask: Has Marilyn Pruitt ever heard of Craigslist jobs? Maybe Indeed.com? Or perhaps she could look into some D.C.-based employment listservs?
Instead of deigning to have his wife browse the internet for job listings, Pruitt decided to engage in some light corruption and lean on his office to secure her some employment. It seems that it worked—the Post reports that Marilyn Pruitt was employed “temporarily as an independent contractor” by the Judicial Crisis Network, a group that pushes for the appointment of conservative judges, after the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo forwarded them her résumé. The two organizations have financial ties and Leo is a backer and friend of Scott Pruitt.
Pruitt also asked another donor, Doug Deason, to hire his wife, but Deason refused citing possible conflicts of interests, and instead helped Pruitt to brainstorm other opportunities.
Marilyn Pruitt worked as a public school nurse from 1991 to 1995 before turning to focus on raising their two children. According to the Post, the reason why she’s looking for a job now is because this bougie-ass couple needs money to maintain both their houses.
She and her husband have a residence in Tulsa and one in Washington, and he told EPA aides last spring that he needed more money to maintain both. Current and former employees, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation, said the administrator embarked on a concerted campaign to line up employment opportunities for her.
Hot tip: Maybe instead of using a federal office for personal gain, Marilyn Pruitt could just, I don’t know, upload her résumé to Monster.com like a normal human being.