U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge violated the Hatch Act while discussing the 2022 Senate race in Ohio in March, the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency reportedly determined.
The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from participating in political activity.
When asked about the upcoming Ohio Senate race during a March White House briefing, Fudge mentioned that U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley were considering running and said, “they’re both friends. I think we have a good shot at it. I know people have written off Ohio. I haven’t written off Ohio. I believe we can win the Senate race,” Politico reported.
Earlier she declined to answer a reporter who asked about whom she thought should replace her open congressional seat in the state.
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge speaks during a news conference in Hoboken, N.J., Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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