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Did Kellyanne Conway Break The Law By Commenting On Alabama Senate Race?

There’s always something to worry about for members of President Donald Trump’s administration. In addition to the whole running the country thing, there’s also the intense amount of scrutiny that comes with the territory of holding down a high-profile position. While that may be par for the course, there does seem to be an extra special level of scrutiny applied to members of Team Trump. As such, each and every participle they may utter is subject to interpretation, and a veritable firestorm can develop in a heartbeat over seemingly trivial things.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is quite familiar with that concept, as she’s been right smack dab in the middle of a number of those firestorms. Some of them were quite well-warranted, but others have reeked of an attempt to make a ton of ado out of nothing. She has another one on her plate at the moment, and it has to do with some simple comments she made during an appearance on ‘Fox & Friends.’

The Alabama Senate race has become a story of national significance. There have been a number of allegations that Republican candidate Roy Moore preyed on teenage girls during his younger days, and the media has been hyping it for all that it’s worth. The race is incredibly close, and it could very well help to shift the balance of power in the Senate if Moore loses the traditionally red seat. During her appearance, Conway explained why voters in Alabama should be wary of the Democratic nominee.

“Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don't be fooled. He'll be a vote against tax cuts. He's weak on crime, weak on borders. He's strong on raising your taxes,” she said. “He's terrible for property owners. And Doug Jones is a doctrinaire liberal, which is why he's not saying anything and the media are trying to boost him.”

Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, was apparently none too pleased with what Conway had to say. Rather than crafting a well-thought-out response that clearly outlined why he felt Conway was in the wrong, he pulled the equivalent of telling the teacher. He filed a formal complaint to allege that Conway had violated the Hatch Act, which essentially prohibits federal employees from using their offices as a tool to campaign for or against candidates running for office.

Shaub is apparently quite proud of himself, as he took to social media to boast about his contribution to society.

“WH defended Conway against @CampaignLegal's Hatch Act complaint by saying her words about Jones supported POTUS's agenda. That's an admission of guilt!” he wrote.

We’ll have to wait and see if this goes anywhere, but we’re going to lean towards it not doing all that much. Conway expressed an opinion, and there are dozens and dozens of federal employees that do the exact same thing every time there’s a microphone or camera nearby. Are we to assume that each and every one of them is also attempting to influence elections when they spout off words of wisdom about the ideology of their choosing?

If Shaub is successful in his claim, shouldn’t that lead to the death of cable news as we know it? While that’s certainly an appealing bright side to consider, his pride in his so-called accomplishment will likely be all the glee he’ll be able to glean from this nonsense.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: YouTube, Walter Shaub/Twitter

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