So the Orange County GOP and the Democratic Party of Orange County want to use the Hatch Act to push candidates that are in their way out of the picture? Well, that sword cuts two ways. There are plenty of OC GOP and DPOC candidates who should be charged with Hatch Act violations, including:
- Tom Daly, a Democratic challenger for the 69th A.D., who is the Orange County Clerk. Considering he processes federal funds(processing passports requests for the US Dept of State) and charges a fee which he calls a service fee can an argument be made that any monies, directly of indirectly, received from the for US Government and used to pay expense is also a violation of the Hatch ACT? I think so!
- Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat running for the State Assembly’s 65th District. The fact that she is the Mayor of Fullerton could be a Hatch Act violation, “if the elected office is not the individual’s principal employment.” She is a teacher. That is her principal employment. The Hatch Act contains an exception for public school teachers. But the City of Fullerton gets some federal funding And she is also on the Orange County Sanitation District Board, according to her official bio. That agency receives federal funds. Adios Quirk-Silva.
- Long Pham, a candidate for the 72nd Assembly District. He listed his occupation as “Member, Orange County Board of Education.” Oops. The O.C., Department of Education gets a lot of federal funding. And the education exception in the Hatch Act applies only to teachers. See ya Long!
- Gregg D. Fritchle, a Democrat running for the 55th Assembly District. His ballot designation says he is a Social Worker. Really Gregg? For what public agency? Busted!
- Sukhee Kang, a Democrat running for the 45th Congressional District. His ballot statement says his occupation is “Mayor of Irvine.” If that is true the Hatch Act excludes him. But if he draws an income from other sources that exceeds what he gets as Mayor, and in fact lives off that other income, he could be violating the Hatch Act, as the City of Irvine does in fact receive federal funds.
- Jorge Robles, a “Law Enforcement Officer” and Republican who is running for the 38th Congressional District. That is a Hatch Act violation as law enforcement agencies all get federal funding. Bummer.
I would imagine that we could do this all night long if we start to look at all the local candidates running in November. The fact is, the Hatch Act could take out a lot of candidates this year, here in Orange County. If it is going to be used by the hacks going after Moreno, then they better be prepared to see their pals get raked through the coals too!