(FixThisNation.com) – Special Counsel Henry Kerner, of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), sent a letter to President Joe Biden revealing that Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra violated federal law.
In the letter, it is pointed out that Becerra has violated the Hatch Act by publicly supporting California Democrat Sen. Alex Padilla’s reelection campaign during one of his appearances in an official capacity as HHS secretary.
Kerner specifically noted that during his appearance and speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Annual Awards Gala on September 15, 2022, Becerra expressed “support for Senator Alex Padilla’s reelection.” As he points out, according to the Hatch Act, federal employees when appearing in their official capacity or authority are not allowed to use their position “or influence to affect the outcome of an election.” However, through his speech, Becerra stated his personal electoral preference during a time when he was supposed to be making official remarks.
As he added, federal employees are still allowed to express their support for a specific candidate but only when they are “speaking in their personal capacity” and not in their official one. Kerner continued his letter by pointing out that the next year there was a presidential election and that this incident could work as “an opportunity to deter violations by reminding federal employees at all levels of the Hatch Act’s restrictions.” A report was enclosed in the letter detailing Becerra’s remarks and response relating to this incident.
Becerra in his response claimed that this was an “inadvertent violation.”
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