Funny seeing you here!
As our colleagues at the Reliable Source reported Wednesday, a drastically changed work life might have contributed to the demise of the marriage between former Reps. Connie Mack and Mary Bono Mack (the two Republicans lost their elections in November).
And while they’re no longer colleagues — and soon, they’ll no longer be spouses — the two may still share an address. The respective firms they went to work for just happen to have offices in the same K Street building — a floor apart.
Potential for awkward elevator run-ins: high.
Bono Mack took a job at Faegre BD Consulting, while Mack was snapped up by Liberty Partners Group. Both companies have offices at 1050 K St. NW, a large multi-unit building typical of those along the lobbyist-laden corridor.
In happier times, the couple both had offices on the first floor of the historic Cannon House Office Building.
Neither returned the Loop’s
e-mails, but here’s hoping the building where they now work has at least a few elevators.
Target: EPA choice’s texts
The Loop had a good chuckle when Gina McCarthy, the nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, joked during one of her confirmation hearings that she couldn’t possibly misuse instant messaging — because she was too old to know how to use the technology in the first place.
But she seems perhaps too adept at texting. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank and EPA critic, is suing to uncover text messages that CEI says McCarthy sent during her Capitol Hill hearings. CEI spokesman Brian McNicoll says the think tank learned from a “source within the agency” that McCarthy was using her government-issued phone to send texts during the sessions.
The think tank says in its suit that “a senior Agency official cautioned McCarthy to cease using that function on her PDA, due to concerns about the propriety of her texting about Members of Congress specifically on days when she testified before either the House or Senate.”
The institute requested the info last month under the Freedom of Information Act, but the EPA didn’t provide it within the 20 days required by the disclosure law. The EPA didn’t respond to the Loop’s request for comment.
Aside from wondering what, exactly, McCarthy said about the lawmakers peppering her with questions (potential snark alert!), CEI wants to affirm that text messages are agency records obtainable by FOIA.
McNicoll says the EPA has yet to turn over text messages either in response to FOIA requests or to requests from congressional oversight investigators. CEI has long been critical of the EPA’s record-keeping, and it played a role in revealing that former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson and others used e-mail accounts with fake names to conduct agency business.
In other words, nothing to LOL about.
With Emily Heil
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