Marcia Fudge, Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made a violation of the Hatch Act when she talked about the 2022 Senate race in March in Ohio, according to the findings of the Office of Special Counsel, Fox News informed.
Under the Hatch Act, federal employees are not allowed to take participation in any political events or activities.
During a March White house briefing, Fudge received a question about the upcoming Ohio Senate race on which she stated that Rep. Tim Ryan and Mayor of Dayton Nan Whaley were possible candidates, emphasizing that she still hasn’t given up on Ohio, and is confident that they can win.
Right before this she did not answer the question of a certain reporter who asked her who she thinks is the best candidate to assume her vacant seat in the congress.
Accroding to Politico, the HUD Secretary violation seems to be the first one of the new Biden administration.
The Office of Special counsel initiated an investigation after the conservative watchdog group, Americans for Public Trust filed a complaint.
Fudge acknowledged her mistake and stated that she should have avoided that particular question.
Addressing a letter of Americans for Public Trust, the chief of OSC’s Hatch Act unit, Ana Galindo-Marrone, said that she sent a warning to Fudge but after a while closed the issue because the secretary stated that she acknowledges her mistake.