The Endangered Zinke Is Casting About For A Life Raft, Maybe At Fox News

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly restored Lockkeeper's House on the National Mall October 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Built over 1... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly restored Lockkeeper's House on the National Mall October 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Built over 180 years ago and restored by the Trust for the National Mall, the Lockkeeper’s House is 'the oldest structure on the National Mall' and will now welcome Washington visitors as a gateway to the mall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has his irons in the fire, casting about for potential employment opportunities as it becomes increasingly likely that he’ll fall under President Donald Trump’s post-midterm axe.

According to a Thursday Politico report, Zinke has inquired into positions at Fox News, boards of directors at energy companies and private equity firms.

Zinke’s spokesperson derided the rumors as “laughably false” and belonging on the satirical website “The Onion.”

A Fox News spokesperson denied the reports. “No one at FOX News has spoken to Zinke about a contributor role,” the spokesperson told TPM.

Zinke may also stay in the public sphere, as Politico reports that he has his eye on the 2020 Montana governor race, after his Cabinet appointment took him out of the running for Sen. Jon Tester’s (D-MT) Senate seat.

Though Trump has great personal affection for Zinke, his ever growing heap of ethics issues has made him into a Scott Pruitt-esque headache.

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