HHS Secretary Sebelius Violated the Hatch Act
September 12, 2012 - 12:18 pm
Kathleen Sebelius broke the law.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act in February when she called for re-electing President Obama during an official department appearance, the Office of Special Counsel said Wednesday.
The finding could possibly cost Sebelius her job.
Although OSC did not recommend any specific punishment, and said Obama will decide how to punish her, Hatch Act violators are usually fired. However, the Merit Systems Protection Board can lower the penalty to a 30-day unpaid suspension if the board unanimously agrees the violation does not warrant removal.
Watch Obama not only not fire her, but praise her during a campaign speech. Watch the MSM coordinate how not to respond to her violation of the law. Even though there was an attempt at a cover-up.
OSC said Sebelius represented HHS at a Charlotte, N.C., gala held by the gay and lesbian advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. After speaking about HHS and Obama administration policies that benefited gay and lesbian citizens — which OSC said was appropriate — Sebelius began advocating for the Democratic Party.
“One of the imperatives is to make sure that we not only come here in Charlotte to present the nomination to the president, but we make sure that in November he continues to be president for another four years because this effort has just begun,” Sebelius said, according to OSC’s report. “It’s hugely important to make sure that we re-elect the president and elect a Democratic governor here in North Carolina.”
OSC said that if Sebelius had attended the event in a personal capacity — and not representing HHS — her statements would have been permissible. Sebelius also promoted the defeat of North Carolina’s Amendment One, which amended the state’s constitution to outlaw gay marriage, but OSC said that was a nonpartisan statement and did not violate the Hatch Act.
After Sebelius’ comments, HHS retroactively reclassified the event as political. The Democratic National Committee reimbursed HHS for the cost of her travel to Charlotte.
Who in the government specifically reclassified the event?