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Comments for: Hancock postal worker may have broken federal law when he ran for county commissioner

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  • Anonymous

    For goodness sake! Why wasn’t this brought up during the campaign! Mr. Blasi should have been informed of the law before he ran. He won the race…let him serve the people! The sore loser should have kept quiet!

    • Anonymous

      Rich Malaby wasn’t running against Mr Blasi, so you “sore loser” argument is out the window. As for why it wasn’t brought up before the election, it wasn’t until after the election that it was brought to Representative Malaby’s attention. At that point, knowing that a law may have been broken, he has a RESPONSIBILITY to report it.
      Do I think that a postal carrier should not be allowed to run for office? No,I don’t think that at all. Do I think that Representative Malaby should have reported it? Absolutely! I wouldn’t want a State Representative who turned their back on it. Perhaps the law should be written so that not all Federal employees are excluded.
      I’m far to old and not urban enough for this saying, but it fits so I’m going to use it – don’t hate the player, hate the game!

    • Anonymous

      I disagree. As a Federal employee it is Blasi’s responsibility to know about the Hatch Act. How would you feel if you went into the Post Office in your town and the clerk behind the counter was passing out campaign literature with stamps! Or wearing a big button saying, “I LIKE BOZO FOR PRESIDENT”? Being a candidate for a partisan office has been illegal for Federal employees for almost 75 years. It’s a good law and Blasi has no excuse.

      • Anonymous

        Every federal Employee is told of the Hatch act. Whether they remember it is another thing, but they are all told about it.

        • Every 2 years, just before the election cycle, both OPM and the OSC go into an almost frenzy by putting up and sending out numerous posters and handouts that VERY clearly explain the Hatch Act and all of it’s provision’s. OSC even has a poster put up that spells out what types of office’s are prohibited, and not prohibited, under the Hatch Act provision’s. As a former local AFL-CIO Chief Steward, Secretary and Vice President, I had to go go thru this on an almost annual basis. I also had to slap any number of local politician’s who made BS Hatch Act complaint’s just so there favorite Candidate could run in some local election for a non-partisan office unopposed by a Federal employee. Appointed and Independent position’s, not appointed or elected on a Party basis, are and can be run for by Federal employee’s. The OPM, the OSC and the local Federal local’s all know this. So do State Party Official’s if they bother to read the law, which is something that both side’s have a tendency to do.

  • kcjonez

    Was Mr. Blasi following the letter of the law?

    • Anonymous

      I believe he had no idea that as a postal worker he may be barred from running for an office AND nobody; not one person said anything until AFTER he won.

      • Anonymous

        You speak of it as though it was some secret ploy by the Republicans when in fact it is a long standing law that the Democratic Party should have been equally aware of.

    • Downeasta

      Gads, the other repliers dont see the pun.

  • Anonymous

    here is a link to the hatch act: http://www.osc.gov/hatchact.htm

    i think you will find the individual may actually be in violation. Also the federal government informs all it’s employees during election time of the Hatch Act so it is not something that is overlooked. It just may be an interpretation thing. Check the sight they give examples of who can and who can’t run for partisan type offices. Another item i forgot to comment on was the person contacted who receives multiple questions did not answer whether or not this case was a violation. If she is the expert why didn’t she answer the question. And the reporter should have insisted for a clear and concise answer before he wrote the article. And finally as observed by some of the comments here some others should read it before they comment. Just think if we were all educated in what we speak.

  • StillRelaxin

    All this over a seat to serve on the Hancock County Commission? Just one more example of how desparate the GOP/Tea Party has become as they continue to grasp for power any way they can.

    • Anonymous

      LOL, sure, because liberals have never, ever played fast and loose with the rules, never have used the system to attack their opponents. Sure.

  • Anonymous

    Is he an actual employee of the USPS, or an independent contractor as some mail deliverers are?
    If he were to step down as County Commissioner the newly appointed CC would still be a Democrat.

  • Anonymous

    So how long has Blasi worked for the Post Office? If it’s more than a month I don’t know how he can say he’s never heard of the Hatch Act.

  • Anonymous

    Way to go, Republicans. If the voters wisely choose someone from another party, do your best to get them fired from their place of employment. No one would dream of thinking you’re petty and vindictive, oh dear me, no.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not a Republican thing or a Democratic thing it’s a violation of Federal law that protects all of us from the shenanigans of both parties.

  • Downeasta

    *deleted* the posters that followed are on the wrong tangent.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe the Democrats should have been as well versed on the law and let their candidate know that he was violating a federal law. Maybe the candidate himself should have paid attention at work and known that he was not allowed under the Hatch Act to run for this position. Maybe everyone should stop trying to blame the Republicans for the failure of a Democrat to know the law. Maybe it is Bush”s fault. Just saying.

      • Anonymous

        I love how you right wingers bring up our criticisms of Bush and dismiss them with: “Bush is gone.” For people so stuck in the past, you TeaPubs sure don’t like to consider history when the results of history are so profound. Such hypocrites, as always. Say one thing, then say and do another. It is the TeaPub way and part of why your silly little pathetic party just got SMASHED TO PIECES in the election and why your party will continue to shrink into nothingness. You people do not come close to existing near reality. Bush, like all bad people in history who had a lot of power, is like a skunk. His body may be gone back to TX, but some of his STINK remains. He did so much utter damage to the nation and our economy that it is still taking time to clean it all up. Next, they have to look into this to see if there is in fact a Hatch Act violation. It is very much a non-partisan office with little or no party involvement in terms of running the campaign, etc., so in some of those cases federal employees CAN in fact hold office. Finally, this is OBVIOUSLY more about TeaPublican sour grapes than a sincere complaint which could have been made much earlier. It seems that maybe some additional tweaks need to be made to the Hatch Act, and it also appears he would remain in the office and end his part time postal service employment if it was discovered that there was an inadvertent violation. This really isn’t much of an issue under the circumstances.

        • Anonymous

          I love how the liberal left always tries to cast blame upon the previous administration when the current administration continues to fail at accomplishing anything that they campaigned on. We need more time, it was worse than we thought, those shovel ready jobs were not as shovel ready as we thought. Why would you say that a county commisioners position is non-partison, he ran as a Democrat with Democratic ideals just as his opponent ran as a Republican with that parties ideals. I also love how when liberals break the law, such as in this case, it is no big deal. The left feels that they are above having to adhere to laws that they feel stand in the way of their agenda. If it is found that he violated the Hatch Act (which he will) than he can either give up the elected position or his job as a postal carrier. The violation could not have been inadvetent, as another person posted, OPM sends out a ton of information concerning the Hatch Act leading up to election season. Why would there need to be any tweaks made to the Hatch Act? just because they don’t fit the left’s agenda?

  • BigPaw

    Malaby should change his name to Richard Cranium.

  • Anonymous

    He didn’t know about the Hatch Act, does he know what a County Commissioner does??

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