Clinton Surrogate Violated Federal Law When He Praised Her in Interview
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is accused of violating a federal law when he praised Hillary Clinton in an interview with the press earlier this year.
According to CNN, Castro, who is considered to be on the list for potential Clinton running mates, violated the Hatch Act, which forbids federal workers from campaigning while also performing their official duties.
In April, Castro was interviewed by Katie Couric and spoke about HUD and also extolled Clinton.
The Office of Special Counsel wrote: “Although he stated during the interview that he was ‘taking off my HUD hat for a second and just speaking individually,’ to indicate he was answering questions in his personal capacity, that disclaimer could not negate the fact that he was appearing in his official capacity for the rest of the interview, as the official HUD seal remained behind him and his political comments were bracketed by statements concerning official HUD policies and programs.”
Castro responded in a written statement, “Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. When an error is made — even an inadvertent one — the error should be acknowledged. Although it was not my intent, I made one here.”
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