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The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital can't believe this tiny firm's $300 million contract
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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. SEE ALSO: A company with just 2 employees is now in charge of restoring electricity in Puerto Rico “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.  We share frustration with Mayor Cruz on the situation in Puerto Rico, but her comments are misplaced. pic.twitter.com/rIzxIjOcfQ — Whitefish Energy (@WhitefishEnergy) October 25, 2017 Cruz — who wasn't afraid to criticize Donald Trump over his delayed response to Hurricane Maria, which has so far killed at least 51 people in Puerto Rico — again questioned the Whitefish contract.  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.  @WhitefishEnergy implies that you will not treat the City of San Juan with the diligence it deserves. Thus admitting political motivations. — Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 25, 2017 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?  Who's gonna tell them? pic.twitter.com/YUHwYYAT8O — Nathalie BOOtiste (@nhbaptiste) October 25, 2017 Sadly, hospitals, schools, and other buildings will stay dark in Puerto Rico as this tiny firm continues to clash with San Juan's mayor. WATCH: Someone created a storm lamp that produces lightning every time Trump tweets read more
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