First of all…, what the heck is “The Office of Special Counsel?!”
And second of all, what the heck is the Hatch Act?!
According to online-sources, “The United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is a permanent independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency.”
Please note that “independent” is usually a code word that actually means “liberal.”
“The OSC’s primary mission is the safeguarding of the merit system in federal employment by protecting employees and applicants from ‘prohibited personnel practices,’ especially reprisal for ‘whistleblowing.’”
Ahhh yes…, “safeguarding” and “whistleblowing.” Let’s be clear…, the only “safeguarding” that takes place is reserved for members of “the swamp.” Regarding “whistleblowing,” the OSC protects federal employees who are whistleblowers UNLESS that whistleblowing has to do with liberal activity or liberal individuals…, in which case the whistleblowers are either ignored or vilified.
“The agency also operates a secure channel for federal whistleblower disclosures of violations of law, rule, or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; abuse of authority; and substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.”
For example…, how many charges of “gross mismanagement” or “gross waste of funds” have you ever heard come out of this office before?
I sure don’t remember any.
So, I guess there has never been any “gross mismanagement” or “gross waste of funds” in the federal government!
That’s really good to know!
I’m sooo relieved!
Again…, this “secure channel” is really a “secure filter” that determines whether the allegation ever sees the light of day.
“In addition, OSC issues advice on the Hatch Act and enforces its restrictions on partisan political activity by government employees.”
This is the area we are dealing with in this case.
“OSC has a staff of around 120 and is currently run by Henry Kerner.”
According to Brooke Singman of Fox News, “The Office of Special Counsel recommended Thursday that Kellyanne Conway be fired from the federal government for violating the Hatch Act on ‘numerous occasions.’”
“The OSC said, in a report released Thursday, that White House Counselor Conway violated the Hatch Act by ‘disparaging Democratic presidential candidates’ while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.”
‘“Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system—the rule of law,’ the OSC said in a statement Thursday, noting that Conway has been a ‘repeat offender.’”
In review…, the Hatch Act deals with enforcing restrictions on partisan political activity by government employees.
Please enlighten me as to which spokesperson, for any president, has dealt in a non-partisan manner?
If I were to list all of the government employees here that were ever “guilty” of partisan political statements and activities here, the list would virtually be endless.
What we have here is another case of “swamp fever” and/or “Trump derangement syndrome” rearing its ugly head.
These people have to be kidding, right?
Meanwhile, “The White House on Thursday blasted the OSC ruling as ‘unprecedented.’”
Yes…, and that’s EXACTLY what it was…, “UNPRECEDENTED.”
‘“The Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) unprecedented actions against Kellyanne Conway are deeply flawed and violate her constitutional rights to free speech and due process. Others, of all political views, have objected to the OSC’s unclear and unevenly applied rules which have a chilling effect on free speech for all federal employees,’ deputy press secretary Steven Groves said in a statement Thursday. ‘Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations – and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act.’”
Well, that’s really putting it nicely.
What happens when The Office of Special Counsel is the one displaying “partisan political activity by government employees?”
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