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Mon Jul 18, 2016, 05:22 PM

Castro violated Hatch Act by touting Clinton

Source: CNN

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro violated a federal law against mixing official business with politics when he touted Hillary Clinton in an April interview with Yahoo's Katie Couric, the Office of Special Counsel said Monday.

Castro is a top surrogate for Clinton's presidential campaign and -- while not expected to be the choice -- is often mentioned on lists of vice presidential prospects.

He violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal workers acting in their official capacity from attempting to influence elections. In the Couric interview, he appeared with the official HUD seal, was introduced as the secretary and spent the first seven minutes focused on HUD programs before Couric turned to Clinton.

The Office of Special Counsel wrote: "Although he stated during the interview that he was 'taking off my HUD hat for a second and just speaking individually,' to indicate he was answering questions in his personal capacity, that disclaimer could not negate the fact that he was appearing in his official capacity for the rest of the interview, as the official HUD seal remained behind him and his political comments were bracketed by statements concerning official HUD policies and programs.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/18/politics/julian-castro-hatch-act-hillary-clinton/index.html



I think we know he won't be on the short list now. That's too bad as I like Julian.

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Reply Castro violated Hatch Act by touting Clinton (Original post)
NWCorona Jul 2016 OP
DonViejo Jul 2016 #1
bucolic_frolic Jul 2016 #2
LiberalFighter Jul 2016 #3
asjr Jul 2016 #4
The Second Stone Jul 2016 #14
BlueStater Jul 2016 #5
NWCorona Jul 2016 #7
Angry Dragon Jul 2016 #6
uawchild Jul 2016 #9
hamsterjill Jul 2016 #8
wiggs Jul 2016 #10
dembotoz Jul 2016 #11
MosheFeingold Jul 2016 #12
Deuce Jul 2016 #13

Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Jul 18, 2016, 05:28 PM

1. Congressional Investigation coming up....

"Sec'y Castro, when and where did you and Mrs Clinton meet in order to discuss your violation of the law? Was it by email? Telephone? A wink and a nod?"

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Jul 18, 2016, 05:28 PM

2. At least he used a disclaimer

Democrats are too trusting, they have to beware of dirty tricks and
being baited, even when the source seems mainstream.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Jul 18, 2016, 05:30 PM

3. How do they know which one it was?

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Jul 18, 2016, 05:34 PM

4. Those Republicans will stoop to anything that will even smell

of a way to get to Hillary Clinton.

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Response to asjr (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 19, 2016, 05:59 PM

14. Try not to look when a Republican is stooping, you can see their assholes

 

all too plainly when they do.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Jul 18, 2016, 05:35 PM

5. If this disqualifies him from being her running mate, good.

He's dead last in terms of my VP preferences.

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Response to BlueStater (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 18, 2016, 05:45 PM

7. To be honest I know very little about him but what I've seen

wasn't off-putting or anything.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Jul 18, 2016, 05:42 PM

6. But politicians can run around the country and support anyone and everyone .........

what is wrong with this picture??

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 18, 2016, 05:49 PM

9. Nothing?

Politicians are elected because of their political views. Unelected Federal employees, including active military I believe, have to abide by the Hatch Act and be non-political while performing their duties.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Jul 18, 2016, 05:46 PM

8. Gowdy will be all over this.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Jul 18, 2016, 06:04 PM

10. Rove did this all the time. directed fed money to districts where political good will needed. nt

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Tue Jul 19, 2016, 03:32 PM

11. hatch act is not a secret

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Tue Jul 19, 2016, 05:26 PM

12. VP pick

He was my VP pick.

Not so much, anymore.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Tue Jul 19, 2016, 05:34 PM

13. Unfortunate...

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