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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    good point. And even if he was - Does being an employee mean that you sacrifice your right to a political opinion or your rights to free speech?
    I think it's a good policy. Employees in positions of authority (teachers, cops, military) should not be allowed to campaign for politicians in their official capacity. It lends the appearance of impropriety.

    But for elected officials, the public knows that the speaker is political, and expects that person to campaign for reelection and make political decisions to that end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biccat View Post
    I think it's a good policy. Employees in positions of authority (teachers, cops, military) should not be allowed to campaign for politicians in their official capacity. It lends the appearance of impropriety.

    But for elected officials, the public knows that the speaker is political, and expects that person to campaign for reelection and make political decisions to that end.
    Look - as an elected official - a shariff as the same rights as anyone else elected or who may be seeking election to endorse or to campaign for whomsoever he will. DO you make the same point that Sen. Clinton cannot campaign for good ol' Barry O because she is in a position of authority? She does so all the time in the exact same clothes she wears to represent you or I on the floor of the senate. Why is that not an issue just the same as the sheriff?

    NOW - the only restriction I can justifiably see putting on any of the people listed in on teachers WHILE IN THE CLASS ROOM and that would be because of the captive audience of skulls full of mush. But we don't see an outcry when teachers pander, politic, campaign, and brain wash our youth into being good little socialists looking to the government for their solutions - with RARE EXCEPTION.
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    IMHO, the Hatch Act applies to employees and not elected officials. Elected officials belong to a certain party in most types of elections. I would expect that a sheriff in most places is a partisan elected position.

    Whether or not the voters object to his campaigning is a matter to be decided at the polls unless he violated some rules and regulations of the county or municipality.
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    He is an elected republican. and I think he got 91% of the vote in his last primary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba Dawg View Post
    IMHO, the Hatch Act applies to employees and not elected officials. Elected officials belong to a certain party in most types of elections. I would expect that a sheriff in most places is a partisan elected position.

    Whether or not the voters object to his campaigning is a matter to be decided at the polls unless he violated some rules and regulations of the county or municipality.
    I can agree with that - but the law IMO should not exist.
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