Watchdog Claims Biden HHS Chief Violated Hatch Act

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra violated the Hatch Act by expressing support for Democratic Senator Alex Padilla’s re-election at a public event last year, a U.S. government watchdog said Tuesday.
  • The U.S. Office of Special Counsel report cited Becerra’s comments that he intended to vote for Padilla while speaking at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus dinner in September in his official capacity as having “mixed his personal electoral preference with official remarks.”
  • Becerra, President Joe Biden’s top health official, acknowledged his comments but said they were unintentional.
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