After her attack on GOP Alabama senate aspirant Roy Moore’s opponent on television, an ex-director of US office of government ethics filed a complaint against the white house counselor, Kellyanne Conway, calling her behavior a breach of the Hatch Act.
The hatch act clearly prohibited any white house official from getting directly involved in advocating for any candidate, in any form; media interviews, inclusive. Formal ethics director, Walter Shaub stated that, as to this act, Conway’s actions might have been a violation.
Conway’s words on Fox News Monday address about Moore’s opponent were; “ Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be deceived. He will be a vote against tax reduction; he is weak on crimes and borders. He is strong in raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners.”
Her words were called out by Shaub, noting that base on her office and the fact that she actually stood “in front of the white house” she very much appeared “in her official capacity“ when advocating again the candidate.
This is not the first time Shaub has called someone out in violation of Hatch Act. In 2016 he shared a document that exposed a ruling from the office of the special council which reviewed that Julian Castro, the then housing, and urban development secretary was guilty of on-air support endorsement of a candidate.
Raj Shah, a white house spoke person in support of miss Conway stated that she did not go to express support publicly for any of the candidates and that she had turned down offers for her to urge Alabamans to choose a certain way.
Conway’s white house troubles began when she earlier on endorsed the president daughter’s clothing line on air. “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff,” she said on Fox news.