Friday, July 22, 2016

The Fall of Julian Castro

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

Over the last few years I predicted that Julian Castro was the next rising star in the Democrat Party.  He's very Obamaesque.  A young, good looking Latino, Julian as Mayor of San Antonio had made a blockbuster speech at the DNC in 2012, and was ready to go federal.  Then, when he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, I was sure that was the move the Democrats felt was necessary to move Castro closer to the White House.  Early on in Hillary Clinton's campaign, Julian Castro was among the favorites to be chosen as her running mate.

Then, Castro got caught acting like a Democrat.

For Democrats, criminal behavior is not a big deal.  And, as Hillary has reminded us, getting caught is usually no big deal, either.  But, in Julian's case, it might be a bigger deal than he may believe.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) released a report which found that Julian Castro violated the Hatch Act and broke federal law when he voiced his support for Hillary Clinton during an interview back in April.

Castro was speaking to Yahoo News when he was asked about Clinton’s likely bid for the presidency. Castro responded by praising Clinton and then criticizing all of her likely opponents in the Republican Party.

As explained in the accompanying report, OSC concluded that Secretary Castro violated the Hatch Act by advocating for and against Presidential candidates while giving a media interview in his official capacity on April 4, 2016. Secretary Castro’s statements during the interview impermissibly mixed his personal political views with official agency business despite his efforts to clarify that some answers were being given in his personal capacity.

As if that is new behavior by Democrats. . .

The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the outcome of an election. While federal employees are permitted to make partisan remarks when speaking in their personal capacity, the Hatch Act restricts employees from doing so when using an official title or when speaking about agency business.

In response to being informed that he had violated the Hatch Act, Castro refused to apologize and instead chose to promise that in the future the government would provide better training on the issue.

He refused to apologize because like most Democrats he (a) views himself as being above the law, and (b) when it comes to forwarding the leftist agenda there are no rules.  He's probably surprised anyone even cares that he broke the law.

“In responding to a journalist’s question about the 2016 election, I offered my opinion to the interviewer after making it clear that I was articulating my personal view and not an official position. At the time, I believed that this disclaimer was what was required by the Hatch Act. However, your analysis provides that it was not sufficient.”

Interestingly, he blamed a lack of education about the Hatch Act as being the problem.  His speech to the DNC in 2012 that essentially launched him into the limelight was about how important it is to be educated.

Likely, this will set Julian back a little.  He won't likely get Hillary's offer to be her running-mate in the 2016 presidential election (although I won't completely count out the possibility), and he may have to wait a while to continue his climb up the Democrat Party ladder.  Voters forget, and corruption always finds a way to reward criminals like Julian Castro.

You know, like it has been for Hillary.

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