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Marion County GOP Accuses Hogsett Of Rule Violations
Updated August 13, 2014 12:31 PM | Filed under: Politics
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - He's not officially a candidate for Indianapolis mayor, but Joe Hogsett is already under fire from county Republicans.

County GOP Chair Kyle Walker raised several questions Wednesday morning about Hogsett's presumed candidacy.

He cited several instances where he says Hogsett could have violated the Hatch Act while serving as U.S. attorney.

The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from taking part in various political activities while campaigning.

Walker listed several examples where he says Hogsett could have done just that.

"There appears to be significant political coordination between Hogsett and multiple parties," Walker said. "This activity is ethically questionable and potentially illegal. For example, on the day Hogsett announced his resignation, Evan Bayh said that he had spoken with Hogsett recently but planned to keep their conversations private. Are we supposed to believe Hogsett didn't solicit Bayh's support? But on the same day Hogsett announced his resignation Evan Bayh coincidentally showed up in Indianapolis to hold a press conference at which he expressed his support for Hogsett's candidacy for mayor?"

Joel Miller, Chair of Marion County Democrats, called the allegations bizarre, saying this is a strange diversionary political attack.

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