Given how entangled politics and policy are these days, it’s not so surprising that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ad-libbed “political remarks” during a February speech in North Carolina. For many of us, the surprise was that her comment violated the law – the Hatch Act, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. Still, someone who is a Cabinet member, former Kansas governor and 25-year public servant should know the rules and avoid such a serious mistake. Though Sebelius has acknowledged and expressed regret for the error, she also called the finding “somewhat unfair,” and some are calling for her firing. That would be an overreaction, but she and others in the Cabinet should learn from the episode.
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