Scott Pruitt, ex-EPA chief who resigned amid ethics scandals, to run for Senate in Oklahoma

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Scott Pruitt, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency until he resigned in a series of ethical scandals in 2018, has begun bidding for the Senate in Oklahoma.

53-year-old Pruitt is running to fill the unexpired term of Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.). Announced in February He will resign next year. Inhofe easily won the reelection in 2020. In other words, those who win the special election in November will serve until 2027.

Pluit Submitted his state candidacy declaration on friday, Oklahoma Election Commission To submit documents for the candidate to run in the June primary. In her statement, Mr. Pluit said she “she couldn’t stand idle in danger and she couldn’t be a spectator.”

“The policies of the current administration have retreated us, made us dependent on our enemies, and exposed Americans to higher energy costs …. I have always been engaged when it was important, and It’s more important than ever. The Oklahoma people know that I’ll fight hard and fight in principle, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do as the next US Senator, “Pluitt said.

He didn’t seem to have a campaign website as of Friday afternoon.

Prior to being tapped to lead the EPA by President Donald Trump, he was the Attorney General of Oklahoma from 2011 to 2017 and served in the Oklahoma Senate for eight years. He also pursued a failed US House bid in 2001.

Pluit Resigned from EPA in 2018 In the dispute over his extravagant spending, ethical revocation, and business decisions. While leading the agency, Pruitt faced questions about taxpayer-funded top-notch trips, discounted condominium rentals from DC lobbyist’s wife, and the installation of a $ 43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office.

He also faced allegations that he repeatedly hired his subordinates to help him find a home, book a personal trip, and find a six-digit job for his wife.

In his resignation, Mr. Pluit called serving in the Trump administration a “blessing,” but “I myself, a relentless attack on my family, is unprecedented and at a considerable cost to all of us. “.

Inhofe has approved his Chief of Staff, Luke Holland, in the competition for his seat. Six other candidates, including Markwayne Mullin (Republican) and former state legislator TW Shannon, are also running for the Republican primary. Former Congressman Kendra Horn (Oklahoma) is the only Democrat running for a seat.

In Oklahoma, Senate elections are scheduled regularly in November. Senator James Lankford (R) is running for reelection.

Alice Crites, Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin contributed to this report.

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