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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Bret Baier: “A federal watchdog agency recommended that Kellyanne Conway be fired for violating the Hatch Act. When you were HUD Secretary, the same agency accused you of the same thing. Obama gave you a pass. Should Trump give Conway a pass?”
Castro: No, situation is different pic.twitter.com/hPmPrdLT9b
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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.