One of Hillary Clinton's picks for Vice President is a law breaker. Not shocking, considering who we are discussing, but even less shocking is the fact that Obama won't punish Julian Castro for breaking the Hatch Act.
Castro said, “I offered my opinion to the interviewer after making it clear that I was articulating my personal view and not an official position,” he said. “At the time, I believed that this disclaimer was what was required by the Hatch Act. However, your analysis provides that it was not sufficient.”
This alone is a violation of the Hatch Act, something that Castro has now even admitted too, but President Obama says he will let him off the hook since he fessed up to the rule-breaking.
“I think, to his credit, Secretary Castro acknowledged the mistake that he made,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
“He owned up to it, and he’s taken the necessary steps to prevent it from happening again,” Earnest told reporters.
“I think that’s the expectation that people have when you make a mistake, particularly in a situation like this.”
Obama told cabinet level officials that they are not allowed to speak at the DNC next week, but he also is following his playbook of not punishing law breakers, like Hillary, with mountains of evidence against them. This is not the first, nor will it be the last, undoubtedly, that Obama brushes these issues under the White House carpet.
In 2012, the OSC, which focuses on Hatch Act violations, concluded then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also was in violation when she said at a Human Rights Campaign event that Obama should be reelected.
One of the top candidates being considered for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Running mate in 2016 has had some email problems of his own.
Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa and President Barack Obama’s current secretary of agriculture, was caught up in a 2004 scandal that resulted in emails being “inadvertently” destroyed. Vilsack partially blamed himself for destroying emails regarding the Iowa Department of Economic Development Foundation. The Des Moines Register had requested the emails.
Vilsack’s response to the controversy, rather ironically, mirrored Clinton’s response to her own email scandal: he basically said he was old and didn’t know how to use email.
“I’m 52 years old, and I don’t know much about technology,” Vilsack said at the time, according to The National Review. “I don’t even know how to send a response to an e-mail, that’s how technologically deficient I am.”