Did Local FAA in Renton Push Staff to Vote For Democrats? Read It Here & Tell Us What You Think

Read the letter and share your reaction in our comments section.

Imagine being told the future of your job depends on how you chose to vote in the upcoming November election.

According to the government transparency group "Cause of Action," that's exactly what John J. Hickey, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety at the FAA, and Raymond Towles, deputy director of flight standards field operations told employees at a mandatory May 23, 2012 staff meeting in Renton.

The two reportedly told subordinates, “if the Republicans win office [their] jobs may be effected [sic]…if the Democrats win office then [their] jobs would not be effected [sic],” according to a statement from Cause of Action. Hickey and Towles are also said to have made similar comments at other mandatory meetings.

If the allegations are true, the FAA may be in violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits Executive agency employees from engaging in political activity intended to affect the result of an election.  

Cause of Action has sent a request for investigation to Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Click on the link, above, or the pdf in this article to read the letter, and then share your reaction in the comment section below. 

Gary Redman September 07, 2012 at 03:38 PM
If the allegations are true, it seems that the two bureaucrats may be more concerned about their jobs than their subordinates.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 09, 2012 at 05:38 PM
. I'm really glad to see Jeff commenting. Now If he'd only flesh out his profile so we'd know where he's coming from. J-
Jeanne Gustafson September 09, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Jerry, I'd agree with you if Jeff appeared to be promoting some hidden agenda or being inflamatory, but since he appears to be expressing his honest, straightforward opinions, why not just let the dude abide--in other words, appreciate and respond to his insights without insisting on sussing out his life story?
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM
. Jean, Jeff- "Local kid with a dream" kinda describes me too. If Jeff wants his "certain amount of anonymity"- so be it. JG-
Kendall Watson September 10, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Jeff, I don't think Hatch Act violations are criminal in nature and would not be investigated by the DOJ. This sort of violation, if substantiated, typically ends in resignation or dismissal. This is what happened to Bush Administration appointee GSA Administrator Lurita Doan in 2007-08 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurita_Doan#Controversies


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