Fox News Grills Castro: Should Conway Get a Pass on Hatch Act Violation Since Obama Gave You One?

Fox News host Bret Baier questioned 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro‘s potential double standard concerning Hatch Act violations during a town hall on Thursday.

As IJR Red reported, a federal watchdog accused White House adviser Kellyanne Conway of violating the Hatch Act. Baier brought up the issue in the town hall, asking Castro about his similar experience with violating the law:

“A federal watchdog agency recommended that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be fired for violating the Hatch Act, essentially campaigning while in federal office. When you were HUD secretary, the same agency accused you of the same thing. President Obama gave you a pass. Should President Trump give Kellyanne Conway a pass?”

Castro claimed that during an interview, he had endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, which was called out for being in violation of the act.

“We were talking about HUD business, about housing, and then she asked me a question about the presidential race, and I said, ‘Well, just let me put on my other hat,’ and I talked about why I supported Hillary Clinton.”

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However, he made a point to differentiate himself from Conway, claiming that he made changes to his behavior while she believes she has done nothing wrong.

“The difference between me and Kellyanne Conway, and the Office of Special Counsel pointed this out, she violated the Hatch Act, and instead of saying, ‘OK, look, I’m going to take these efforts to make sure that doesn’t happen again,’ she said, ‘To hell with it,'” Castro said.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) claimed that Conway had violated the act by talking negatively about several Democratic presidential candidates, yet the White House has responded by claiming the report is full of errors, that it should be retracted, and that it violated her free speech rights.

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Jack Fuller
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Jack Fuller

This is just silly. Common sense (all too often lacking among Democrats) suggests political appointees will occasionally make political comments. So what? The Hatch Act is intended to reign in over-the-top political activities not the occasional off-hand response. We must allow people to be people. Hatch is intended to prevent organized political activity while the employee is on the public’s dime. Want to do politics? Do it after hours or take personal time. But a response to a reporters question during a press briefing is not politicking.

Sidney Jolly
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Sidney Jolly

Der Donald values loyalty to himself above all else. Including abiding by law. Fortunately, he doesn’t have the courage to go into this whole hog — such as arresting political opponents on trumped-up charges, and abolishing opposing political parties, as some of his followers urge him to do.

Tom Bodine
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This one also has zero chance of being in charge

Margie
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Margie

If there is a bono fide violation of the Hatch Amendment, give her a pass because all the Dems who’ve done it got a pass. Then school the entire Congress and those for whom this would be pertinent. Do it on live television like a virtual classroom. Then say from this date forward anyone making a new violation will be subject to punishment and tell what the punishment will be. This is good for citizens too. Everyone will be clear on the amendment and that action will be taken from this day forward.

Dave Scott
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I think the democrats are trying to destroy our Republic……

Bert
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Behind every double standard, there’s a single standard. (That’s a riddle; can you L

Greg
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Stop interfering with the First Amendment – PERIOD! Otherwise, prosecute every single politician who criticizes POTUS Trump and/or his admin. THAT should clear out Congress of virtually all Dems, and a few RINO’s as well….

Bonnie Keever
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Always always it is ok for them to do the same thing but not anyone that works for Trump you are a idiot

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