Here’s Julian Castro above, the HUD Secretary, stumping for her in Iowa. He’s has stumped for her on multiple occasions, aiming to get the VP slot.
Via The Blaze:
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has secured endorsements from several of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet members, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
These officials and any others should proceed with caution, warned former Iowa U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker in a letter to each Cabinet secretary Monday.
In 2012, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel cited then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for violating the Hatch Act, which restricts political activity of federal employees. Sebelius, while giving a speech in North Carolina under her official capacity as a Cabinet secretary, called for voters to support President Barack Obama’s re-election and to back the state’s Democratic candidate for governor.
In citing the violation, the Office of Legal Counsel advised the White House to “remind federal employees of the complex Hatch Act restrictions.”
“Reports that the White House has not given any formal guidance to Cabinet members when it comes to engaging in presidential politics is very troubling,” said Whitaker, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust.
Here’s the LA Times
Julian Castro, a rising star in the Democratic Party, was stumping for Hillary Clinton in southeastern Iowa on Sunday when a union leader extended a hand and a question in Spanish[…] In something of a test of Castro’s campaigning abilities, he barnstormed Iowa in the final days leading up to the state’s Feb. 1 caucus. He visited several small cities with growing Latino populations and warned voters about the dire consequences of a Clinton loss and the possible return of the White House to Republican control.
“We absolutely can’t afford to hand over the presidency to the Republican Party,” Castro told a crowd in Fairfield, his second stop of the day. “Can you imagine what would happen if you have Speaker [Paul] Ryan, Senate Majority Leader [Mitch] McConnell and President Trump?”[…]
Castro says he decided to endorse Clinton in part because she “has the deepest ties and the longest track record of working for the Latino community,” citing her work registering Latino voters in south Texas in the 1970s[…]
For his part, Castro has become practiced at ducking questions about the vice presidency, saying he is focused on winning her the nomination.
Here’s Tom Vilsack, the Agriculture Secretary, just one of many violations:
Tom Perez, Labor Secretary, endorsement:
Anthony Foxx, Transportation Secretary, endorsement:
The question is whether any of these are ‘in their official capacity’ or using the ‘influence of their office’. The ex-federal prosecutor should outline exactly what the offenses are.