Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act and should be fired
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently endorsed Barack Obama. This of course is not surprising in the least and in fact it would normally only be news if she had decided not to endorse her boss, but there is a problem: Kathleen Sebelius endorsed Barack Obama while speaking at a taxpayer funded event while speaking in her official role as head of the HHS, and that is a crime because it is a violation of the Hatch Act which was passed in 1939.
The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the outcome of an election,” Lerner wrote to the president. “A federal employee is permitted to make partisan remarks when speaking in their personal capacity, but not when using an official title or when speaking about agency business
This is what the special counsel assigned to investigate Kathleen Sebelius found:
Secretary Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services reimbursed the U.S. government for all costs and expenses associated with her travel to the February 25, 2012, event,” Lerner continued. “HHS subsequently reclassified the trip from official to political and issued a statement to that effect. OSC found no evidence that Secretary Sebelius made any other political statements in her official capacity
As you can see by the above quote, Kathleen Sebelius knew she was in trouble so she tried to reclassify her trip to avoid punishment for violating the Hatch Act, but the council found no proof to justify her attempt at avoiding the law.
This should cost her her job:
The finding could possibly cost Sebelius her job,” the outlet reported. “Although OSC did not recommend any specific punishment, and said Obama will decide how to punish her, Hatch Act violators are usually fired
This is an extraordinary case because nobody this high up in the government has ever been found to be in violation of the Hatch Act before:
This is the most high profile example of a Hatch Act violation since the Act was passed in 1939,” Epstein said. “Never before has a member of the President’s Cabinet been found to have committed a Hatch Act violation
Kathleen Sebelius’s fate lies directly at the hands of Barack Obama, only he can decide what her punishment should be. So will Barack Obama follow the law and hold Kathleen Sebelius accountable for her actions or will he ignore the law and giver her a free pass? I know where I would lay my money if I were a betting man.
It should be noted here that this cannot truthfully be spun as a political witch hunt because these are Barack Obama’s lawyers who found her in violation of the Hatch Act.