(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- A member of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is being accused of violating the federal Hatch Act.
The nonprofit group Americans for Public Trust filed the complaint recently, saying that Marcia Fudge, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, violated the act while she was touting some Democrats who may run for U.S. Senate next year.
The Hatch Act, which was passed in 1939, bans almost all partisan political activities by any government official while they are acting in their official government capacity.
The incident in question happened when Fudge was speaking at a news briefing to discuss the economic stimulus package passed by Democrats. Fudge, who was once a congresswoman in Ohio, was answering questions.
One of those questions posed was regarding a candidate from the Democratic Party winning the 2022 U.S. Senate race in her home state of Ohio. She answered by supporting the Democratic candidate. That is what is in violation of the Hatch Act.
After that happened, the Americans for Public Trust sent a letter to the special counsel in the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, Henry Kerner. In the letter, the executive director of the group, Caitlin Sutherland, wrote:
“Given the highly partisan nature of the American Relief Bill, this was an opportunity for Secretary Fudge to demonstrate to the American people that all individuals are respected, regardless of political leanings. Instead, Secretary Fudge used her first public appearance to express support for her political party’s chances in an upcoming Senate race.
“The American people are entitled to trust in their government, knowing that political opining has no place during the performance of official business duties. Therefore, we respectfully urge OSC to investigate this matter and any potential violations of the Hatch Act and standards of government employees.”
In case Fudge tries to say she didn’t support Democratic candidates, there’s the White House transcript of the event.
The reporter first asked about the Senate race in Ohio. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, tried to stop that conversationby diverting. The reporter persisted, though, asking Fudge whether there was a Democrat she thought should run.
While Fudge avoided answering at first, she didn’t this time. She responded: “Oh, absolutely.”
The reporter then asked her to identify any Democrats she thought would be a good fit. Fudge replied:
“Well, I have two friends that are thinking about it. Tim Ryan, of course, is thinking about it. I understand Nan Whaley is thinking about it. I mean, I think we’re going to put a good person in that race, no matter who we choose. But they’re both friends.
“I think we have a good shot at it. I know people have written off Ohio. I haven’t written off Ohio. I believe we can win the Senate race.”
The Washington Post wrote a story about the possible Hatch Act violation a few days after the incident, which prompted Fudge herself to admit that she was wrong.
Now, it’s time to see what happens to the secretary.