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  Ethics agency says HUD chief Castro violated Hatch Act
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jul 18, 2016 07:48pm
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AuthorJosh Gerstein
News DateMonday, July 18, 2016 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHousing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro violated a federal law against politicking on the job earlier this year when he fielded a journalist's questions about the presidential race and his own chances of being chosen as Hillary Clinton's running mate, a federal ethics watchdog agency has found.

The Office of Special Counsel determined that Castro ran afoul of the Hatch Act during his April 4, 2016, interview with Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric, even though he stressed that he was answering her political questions in his personal capacity.

"OSC concluded that Secretary Castro violated the Hatch Act by advocating for and against Presidential candidates," Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama Monday. "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."
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