Gina McCarthy: Moose Meat Insult Hurt People I Care About

The EPA administrator apologized for saying Alaskan moose meat “could gag a maggot.”

Gina McCarthy testifies before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to be Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 
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Clare Foran
March 4, 2015, 6:13 a.m.

A tense ex­change un­fol­ded between Sen. Dan Sul­li­van of Alaska and EPA Ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy on Wed­nes­day when Sul­li­van asked Mc­Carthy to apo­lo­gize for in­sult­ing Alaskan moose meat.

Mc­Carthy last year said that moose meat she re­ceived as a gift from an Alaskan tri­bal chief while vis­it­ing the fish­ing town of Dilling­ham, “could gag a mag­got.”

“A lot of people in Alaska saw that as an in­cred­ible dis­respect to the people of my state,” Sul­li­van said dur­ing a hear­ing in the En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee, ask­ing Mc­Carthy for a pub­lic apo­logy.

Mc­Carthy was quick to con­cede. “I’m happy to apo­lo­gize for those re­marks. I will tell you they were taken out of con­text, but it doesn’t mat­ter be­cause they hurt in­di­vidu­als and tribes that I care about,” the EPA ad­min­is­trat­or said.

The Wall Street Journ­al re­por­ted Mc­Carthy’s com­ments in a pro­file of the EPA ad­min­is­trat­or last year. Mc­Carthy has pre­vi­ously ex­pressed re­gret for the re­marks.


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