Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2012

Report: Sebelius violated politicking ban

September 13, 2012


— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated a federal law that restricts political activity by government officials, a federal ethics office said in a report Wednesday.

Off-the-cuff remarks by Sebelius during a speech earlier this year to a gay rights group in North Carolina violated the Hatch Act, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said in a report to the White House. The law prohibits federal employees from using their official authority to influence an election, although it allows partisan remarks made in a personal capacity.

In the Feb. 25 speech to the Human Rights Campaign, Sebelius called for President Barack Obama’s re-election and endorsed a Democratic candidate Walter Dalton for governor. Later, she rescinded the gubernatorial endorsement.

The ethics office found that Sebelius had made the speech in her official capacity as the nation’s top health official, but departed from her prepared text and veered into politicking.

“While a violation of the Hatch Act occurred, Secretary Sebelius’ statements would have been permissible if they had been made in her personal capacity,” the report said.

In a formal response, Sebelius said that any violation was “technical and minor” and was corrected after her official trip was reclassified as political, and the government was repaid for her travel.


SageonPage 5 years, 2 months ago

Always a 'witch hunt' when a Lib is involved, but be it a Repub then they want an immediate resignation! What hypocrites! Kathleen 'The Hammer' Rebelious needs to learn the rules of law and order, but she reflects the disdain for law that her Chicago Boss shows.

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

How about all the laws Brownback and his administration have violated?

Michael Throop 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm sorry, .I missed Sam, Brownback's federal appointment. That said, if you have proof of wrongdoing by the Governor, it is your OBLIGATION as a citizen to contact the local U.S. Attorney and present your evidence.

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

Missed the point completely. I never said he was federally appointed, did I? Brownback's administration is corrupt and everyone (except maybe the uneducated fools) can see it plan as day.

parrothead8 5 years, 2 months ago

And it's always the liberal media reporting it, huh?

Flap Doodle 5 years, 2 months ago

What's breaking a few federal laws to the current regime? Hasn't stopped 'em yet.

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 2 months ago

Get that cauldron of oil up to boiling, Snap. High crimes here.

Defixione 5 years, 2 months ago

Romney/Ryan 2012. See, it could be worse.

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 2 months ago

Oh, for Pete's sake, page, shut your gob, children should be seen but not heard.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

This law makes some sense when applied to career employees. It makes absolutely none when applied to top political appointees whose primary job is to express and implement the political will of the president who appointed them. And that goes for both R's and D's.

Michael Throop 5 years, 2 months ago

It is the law..she is not under civil service. No one is above the law, at least that's what I've heard.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

I wasn't commenting on whether or not she violated the law. I was merely noting that this law makes little sense for political appointees, especially at the cabinet level.

John Hamm 5 years, 2 months ago

This would surely be a different comment were she Republican. Typical LiberalThink.

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

Is abortion the only topic that matters to you?

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

There are plenty more relative issues that should matter before abortion, yet that is what you continue to focus on. Abortion has been legal for decades; it's time to move on. You don't like it, don't have one, but save your preaching for someone who cares. Stop trying to force your beliefs on the general populace.

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

Wow, you resorted to the tired tactic of comparing something you don't agree with to Hitler. If you cannot respond rationally, I am not going to bother. As my mom always says, "You can't fix stupid."

Katara 5 years, 2 months ago

She turned SageonPage into a newt! And it is obvious he hasn't gotten better.

Katara 5 years, 2 months ago

Try to keep up. The amphibian is a step up from Gingrich and a lot less slimier.

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

Sounds very similar to car insurance. You have to pay, or you're fined....don't see a problem there. I'm tired of paying for uninsured people. It's time they are responsible for themselves.

KS 5 years, 2 months ago

The new healthcare law was not passed to help people, but to unionized the healthcare industry of this country. Can't wait to have all of them go on strike when you need a life saving operation.

Katara 5 years, 2 months ago

That is only because you did not shoot the deputy. It would have been different then.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 2 months ago

Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion.Who died and made you Pope?Maybe you should resign for your partisan remarks in violation of common sense.

KS 5 years, 2 months ago

grammaddy, if common sense was involved, there would never be an abortion. I can't understand how you think common sense could ever support an abortion? Never in a million years. Common sense has died and political correctness has taken its place.

Greg Cooper 5 years, 2 months ago

That's not even close to true, and you know it. Common sense will not stop rape, will not stop profound birth defects, will not stop------

Oh, hell, what's the use. You will "never in a million years" see common sense. You will continue mouthing your platitudes and thinking not of the woman. It's useless to talk with you. So I won't.

KS 5 years, 2 months ago

rockchalk1977, we agree. Trouble is none of that will happen. Just what is the punishment for being stupid in this country? It there was some, we would not have enough jails for 70% of the population of this town.

KS 5 years, 2 months ago

Are you talking about "bozo" or "merrill"?

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

FHNC with his/her "overuse" of "quotations."

MarcoPogo 5 years, 2 months ago

He's posting from INSIDE THE HOUSE!!!

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 2 months ago

Ag: It has been my experience that those who holler stalking are the true stalkers, kinda like farts, ya know? We have another on here who is up to her old tricks again. Protections are in place and law enforcement has been notified. What a sad life they must have.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 2 months ago

Kathleen Sebelius,

You are being used as tool for the extreme right wing in their never ending effort to kill the the USA economy and character assassinate the president of the United States. These frauds are anti American.

Come back home to Kansas. Yes run for governor and I'll vote for you. There are some people posing as republicans that need to be replaced because they are being dishonest with the people of Kansas. We need you Kathleen Sebelius.

These deceitful people posing as republicans believe their personal agendas represent a democracy. And they are the most reckless spenders on planet earth. Not a fiscal conservative bone in their bodies.

Kathleen Sebelius we would welcome a breath of fresh air that you represent. Have no fear Kansans from most all sides the aisle will welcome you back to Kansas and the state house.

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

What did she do that was bad for Kansas? Actual facts, not propaganda and abortion nonsense.

Greg Cooper 5 years, 2 months ago

Journal World, is not a part of the useage rules a prohibition against plagiarizing? If so, this is a clear-cut violation. Any reason this person should continue in its latest of many past iterations?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

That was quite an expression of your ideological positions and superstitious prejudices, but failed to even come close to answering the question.

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

I meant facts, not nonsense religious bs. I could care less what your religion thinks of her actions. I care about her policies. You did not mention one actual policy that she put in place that was bad for Kansas. Not one. You proved my point. Thanks for that.

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

Representing trial lawyers...not a bad thing for KS necessarily. Opposing power plants that were probably coal (if I remember right) is not a bad thing for KS. We need more sustainable energy sources that do not pollute the planet. Opposing the death penalty is not bad, it is a ideological stance of which many people agree with. Being supported by Planned Parenthood makes me like her more. Planned Parenthood is not the devil. They provide many health services to women that cannot afford it otherwise. This is good. They are not just about abortion--far from it. You would know that if you actually read up on what their services are and not just focus on abortion, as you continuously do. As I said before, all religious fear propaganda and nothing about real issues that effect the wealthfare of this state.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 2 months ago

The shark has been well and truely jumped.

Enlightenment 5 years, 2 months ago

Try to have a political conversation without including religion and gods. Politics and religion need to be separated.

asixbury 5 years, 2 months ago

I think that's called Schizophrenia....but I could be mistaken.

Sorry for feeding the troll. Sometimes I can't help myself.

dinglesmith 5 years, 2 months ago

First, note that the violated scripture is omitted. Second, Christians my prefer to only help others when and where they like, but the command to help the needy that appears in various forms over 200 times in the New Testament has no such qualification. "What you do unto the least of these you do unto me" is really not difficult to interpret.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 2 months ago

Playing Bible Bingo is always dangerous. When I taught school the part about being allowed to kill mouthy kids occasionally came to mind.

headdoctor 5 years, 2 months ago

Aww, Looks like Sage is gone for the day. His internet monitor must have came home. Poor little man had to put his toys away until tomorrow.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 2 months ago

In a formal response, Sebelius said that any violation was “technical and minor” and was corrected after her official trip was reclassified as political, and the government was repaid for her travel........

She fixed it, just like all do on either side when they get caught......Next?

jafs 5 years, 2 months ago

She must have meant "personal" don't you think?

Otherwise, she wouldn't pay for the trip, and it wouldn't fix it.

headdoctor 5 years, 2 months ago

Sage and his ilk are always complaining about others not being productive and or living off of someone else. I have to wonder when he is going to get a real job. The few dimes made off of something not much more than a hobby is hardly a job. Must be nice to be a kept boy with someone else having a real job providing a life style including health coverage to pick up where the Feds leave off.

patkindle 5 years, 2 months ago

hey, give her a break she fixed it. after all even if he is the worse president including jimmy carter, he is cute and talks purty, that is what we want to lead out country

pace 5 years, 2 months ago

I sure would like her to be our next governor. I admire her. sam and koch bros not so much.

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 2 months ago

For those familiar with b-ball terminology, I'd call this a "ticky-tack foul".

Carol Bowen 5 years, 2 months ago

The Hatch act is collection of ethics rules for federal employees. The original intent was to curtail activities of our congressional representatives for activities like using government funds for personal use, and so on.

There is a range of consequences - reprimand, lost pay, termination, or jail, and so on, depending on the severity. Since it is a personnel incident, the consequence could remain private.

I am quite familiar with federal government practices. I wonder why the state does not have something similar. Chris Kobach's activities are an example of conflict of interest and misuse of government funds. Far more egregious than Sibelius' slip up.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps someone needs to file a lawsuit against KK for conflict of interest? Would be a civil suit and need not involve any particular law.

Mixolydian 5 years, 2 months ago

Faux outrage over faux outrage. Too funny.

kansasredlegs 5 years, 2 months ago

Sad that when government officials violate federal law, they get to reclassify what they did while "we" get a conviction, prison, followed by post-release supervision.

msezdsit 5 years, 2 months ago

Anyone with detectable brain activity might realize that what Sebelius did was about as criminal as jaywalking. How about the republicans manipulating the will of the American people to vote. Now there's a serious crime that they should go to jail for.

msezdsit 5 years, 2 months ago

Under penalty of law do not remove this tag.

Lets see, having private legislative meetings at the governors mansion and throwing the disabled out in the street and being one of the only states in US history not to put the president on the ballot all good. Chronic lying and making up stuff people never said and blaming the person for what they didn't say and hanging lies over the stage at their convention all good of course. Bring em on.

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