Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics, is submitting a second complaint concerning White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for appearing to violate the Hatch Act in some of her statements regarding the Alabama Senate race.
“The willfulness of Conway’s violation and her openly expressed disdain for efforts to hold her accountable for complying with ethics requirements make clear that anything less than removal from the federal service or a lengthy unpaid suspension will not deter future misconduct on her part,” Shaub said in a statement Thursday.
The Hatch Act restricts federal employees from using their offices to campaign for or against political candidates.
In a separate statement, the Campaign Legal Center, where Shaub is a senior director, also claimed Conway should be removed from her position or given a “lengthy suspension without pay.”
The announcement follows Conway’s comments Wednesday, in which she affirmed President Trump’s endorsement of GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
"The only endorsement that matters in this race is President Trump's," Conway told CNN. "And he came out questioning the ideology and the vote of Doug Jones. He'll be a reliable vote for tax hikes. He'll be a reliable vote against border security. He'll be a reliable vote against national security and keeping ISIS in retreat. He'll be the reliable vote against the Second Amendment and against life."
Shaub stated employees in lower positions have been penalized severely for less serious offenses.
Shaub’s initial complaint came last month, following one of Conway’s appearances on Fox News, condemning Jones, the Democrat in the Alabama special election race.
"Folks, don't be fooled. He'll be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime. Weak on borders. He's strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners," Conway said. "And Doug Jones is a doctrinaire liberal, which is why he's not saying anything and why the media are trying to boost him."
The White House has insisted that Conway did not violate the Hatch Act. Last month, White House spokesman Raj Shah came to Conway’s defense.
"Ms. Conway did not advocate for or against the election of a candidate, and specifically declined to encourage Alabamans to vote a certain way,” Shah said in a statement. “She was speaking about issues and her support for the President's agenda. This election is for the people of Alabama to decide."
Moore, who was officially endorsed by President Trump on Monday, is up against Jones next week on Dec. 12 in the Alabama special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.