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FAA Officials Warn Employees About Voting GOP
Political Realities ^ | 09/08/12 | LD Jackson

Posted on 09/08/2012 5:31:04 AM PDT by LD Jackson

Am I mistaken? Shouldn't an employee of any company be free to vote for the person, persons, or party of their choice, with no fear of reprisal from their employer? Does that not also apply to the federal government? In a story that I am surprised has not received more air time, it is coming to light that there may have been warnings from some Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials to their employees about what may happen, should they choose to vote for the GOP.

(Fox News) Two federal agency supervisors allegedly warned employees earlier this year that a Republican takeover in Washington could threaten their jobs -- comments that some workers apparently took as guidance on "how to vote" and that one group claims may have violated federal law.

Nonprofit watchdog Cause of Action wrote a letter Wednesday asking the Department of Transportation's inspector general to launch a probe into the incident, involving senior officials with the Federal Aviation Administration. The incident occurred in May during a meeting at the FAA's Seattle office, according to the letter.

Emails obtained by FoxNews.com show one FAA employee recalling what John Hickey, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety, said at the meeting.

"I would not be able to quote Mr. Hickey (sic) exact words but what I took out of it was, if the conservative (Republicans) gain control of congress then the FAA could be looking (at) as much as a 15% cut in budget and we (may) be looking at furloughs. If the liberal Democrats take control of congress then we would be looking at a flat budget," the email said. "In short if the Republicans win office our jobs may be (affected) ... if the Democrats win office then our jobs would not be (affected)."

I can not count the ways in which such actions are improper and just plain wrong. I have no idea which political party these officials belong to, but that doesn't really matter. What does matter is implication that these officials were so bold that they felt the liberty to attempt to "persuade" their employees and to direct them how to vote. This smells like a labor union tactic to me. Is there no end to the depths they will stoop to make sure of their victory in November?


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: faa; faarico; gop; johnhickey; noaccountability; nojustice; rico
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1 posted on 09/08/2012 5:31:10 AM PDT by LD Jackson
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To: LD Jackson

“HI, I’m from the F,A,A, and I’m here to help you”??????
Obammy was a natural born citizen???
Obammy is not a moselimb???
Obammy is pro American???
Amd other LIES...


2 posted on 09/08/2012 5:35:19 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: LD Jackson
I have no idea which political party these officials belong to, but that doesn't really matter.

About 80-90% of civilian federal government employees are Rats. Talk to one and all you hear about is how great their respective programs are, followed by juicy gossip concerning the latest inside soap opera or how clueless their superiors are.

3 posted on 09/08/2012 5:36:17 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Joe Boucher

There is NO part of this government that has not been infested at the highest management and policy makers by rabid liberal ideologues. It will take decades to weed them out. To my mind, I’d first start by either forcing retirement or firing all SESs......


4 posted on 09/08/2012 5:38:20 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: LD Jackson

Nothing new, my parents were told to vote Democrat by their Union. They were always told of the doom and gloom that would follow if they voted for a Republican. They even registered as democrats, but voted for Wilke, Dewey, Ike, Nixon, and up to Reagan. They both died during Reagan’s term, I guess now they’re voting democrat.


5 posted on 09/08/2012 5:40:04 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: LD Jackson

http://www.archives.gov/legal/ethics/hatch-act.html


6 posted on 09/08/2012 5:40:31 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: LD Jackson
Dear FAA, you work for us...


7 posted on 09/08/2012 5:43:40 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: LD Jackson
Two federal agency supervisors allegedly warned employees earlier this year that a Republican takeover in Washington could threaten their jobs -- comments that some workers apparently took as guidance on "how to vote" and that one group claims may have violated federal law.

The Hatch Act strictly forbids this. Even if the comment is carefully worded not to be a threat, even advisement like this is forbidden.

8 posted on 09/08/2012 5:45:07 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Private union,fine. Public employees? Unbelievable!!!


9 posted on 09/08/2012 5:46:27 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Gaffer

Bush reached across the aisle and refused to fire all the Clintonhead moles, spies and traitors.

Cost a lot of American lives and gave the leftist freak sh!theads a stranglehold on our government and whatever passes for national security these days.

I want to see massive firings by Romney or we’re going to keep seeing more of the same.


10 posted on 09/08/2012 5:48:02 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Lazamataz

like HUSSEIN OBAMA cares about RULES AND LAWS...he does as he likes, and the He!! with everyone else...

The Government payroll one day won’t be able to meet their obligations...


11 posted on 09/08/2012 5:50:24 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: LD Jackson
sounds like managers I had that tried to force me to pay into ‘The United Way’(where about 90% of the funds goes to maintain the ‘offices’ and cushy lifestyle of the heads of this false charity), which I refused to do and probably didn't get promotions because of(fortunately I 'outlived' most of these bosses in the company and moved up the ladder anyway).

Had one of them told me how to vote, they might have had to carry me off to jail for clocking said managers...

12 posted on 09/08/2012 5:50:38 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: LD Jackson

Self preservation. We (conservatives) are perceived as a danger to them. We want to eliminate entire departments from the FedGov, along with their jobs.

Funny though, I don’t recall any of us calling for the elimination of the F.A.A. That seems to be one of the more useful agencies.


13 posted on 09/08/2012 5:51:42 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks LD Jackson.


14 posted on 09/08/2012 5:57:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Lazamataz
The Hatch Act strictly forbids this. Even if the comment is carefully worded not to be a threat, even advisement like this is forbidden.

The Hatch Act was generated by this sort of abuse. In 1939, Senator Carl Hatch (D-NM) pushed the law through to curb the massive involvement of federal New Deal agencies such as the Works Progress Administration in political campaigns.

15 posted on 09/08/2012 6:00:23 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: treetopsandroofs
Bush reached across the aisle and refused to fire all the Clintonhead moles, spies and traitors.

That, along with the prescription drug program, are two reasons I believe W was in on the game with Clinton, Obama and the rest of the lefties. W did not do us many favors, taking the long view of it.

16 posted on 09/08/2012 6:02:34 AM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: LD Jackson

I worked for the FAA and was told to vote for John “the Traitor” Kerry over George W by the union. I did not. The government seems to liberal to the core.


17 posted on 09/08/2012 6:07:23 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: treetopsandroofs

Romney needs to start with immediately firing US attorneys and federal prosecutors that have shown ANY loyalty or leanings of the left. They are baggage and easily expendable - and the cry baby media will have to STFU because Clinton did it!!!

The State Department needs a clean sweep - and has for a LONG time - it is full of moles and enemies of the state. The FBI and ATF should also be swept clean. Unfortunately, it’s ditto for the military. Too many ‘high ups’ are proactively enforcing the restrictions on our guys out in the field and placing pro-gay men and women into powerful positions in order to shape a gay social agenda and weaken our military.

God help us and bless the Romney/Ryan administration. They need to act in warp speed in their first two years to try their best to un-do the devastating damage that has been done to our country and desperately need our support.


18 posted on 09/08/2012 6:09:10 AM PDT by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: LD Jackson
I personally am hoping for a Rat win this November....

That way the revolution and other general house cleaning events can start sooner rather than later.

19 posted on 09/08/2012 6:11:36 AM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: LD Jackson
Harry Reid would concur;

"Emails (plural?) obtained by FoxNews.com show (anonymously sent by ???) one FAA employee (janitor?) recalling what John Hickey, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety, said at the meeting.(thought he overheard while emptying ashtrays ....

"I would not be able to quote Mr. Hickey (sic) exact words but what I took out of it was ... "


Which is like an opinion, which is like an asshole

20 posted on 09/08/2012 6:13:56 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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