The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said last Wednesday that the Director of Health and Human Services, Katherine Sebelius violated the law when she publicly endorsed Obama’s re-election and North Carolina Lieutenant Gov. Walter Dalton’s gubernatorial primary in a multi-way race during a taxpayer-funded public event on Feb. 25, 2012. She attended in her official capacity as HHS Secretary and spoke:
“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. “It’s hugely important to make sure that we re-elect the president and elect a Democratic governor here in North Carolina.”
This is a direct violation of the federal law, the Hatch Act which prohibits partisan politicking at taxpayer-funded events.
The Office of Special Counsel says that an “employee who violates the Hatch Act shall be removed from their position, and funds appropriated for the position from which removed thereafter may not be used to pay the employee or individual.” And they said that employees that are NOT appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate may be allowed lesser punishment “if the Merit Systems Protection Board finds by unanimous vote that the violation does not warrant removal, a penalty of not less than a 30-day suspension without pay shall be imposed by direction of the board.” There are no other options for this violation. Multiple folks in the past have lost their careers for this. It is Presbo’s job to fire her.
Presbo has elected to do…. nothing.
His appointees are above the law.
Which is understandable since he apparently is also. Soon we may be bowing to and interviewing the royal coat for when he is too busy on Letterman to make a personal appearance with us.
It’s good to be the king.