Can newly revealed State Department socialist be fired?
Project Veritas released a video in which Department of State official Stuart Karaffa recounts to an undercover journalist that while at work, he perform political chores for the Democratic Socialists of America, of which he is a member. He said on tape: “I’m careful about it. I don’t leave a paper trail.” Expressing confidence that oversight is lax at the State Department, Karaffa said, “I have nothing to lose. It’s impossible to fire federal employees.”
Admitting that he is part of the resistance within the federal government, Karaffa told the undercover reporter on video that he may not be impartial at work. “Resist everything… Every level. F**k sh*t up.”
A spokesperson for the State Department subsequently confirmed that Karaffa is a Management and Program Analyst at the department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, which manages properties owned by the United States outside of the country. The spokesperson said that the agency takes violations of the Hatch Act seriously, as well as any financial disclosure rules. While saying that the agency is reviewing the allegations, it said no further comment is forthcoming. The Hatch Act refers to federal law that limits political activity on the part of federal employees. It was liberalized during the Obama administration.
This was the first installment in a series of promised undercover videos, announced Project Veritas, which has conducted a number of undercover videos that seek to reveal the “deep state” and the “swamp” in Washington DC. Project Veritas said that Karaffa has been “engaged in radical socialist political activity on the taxpayer’s dime, while advocating for resistance to official government policies.” According to Project Veritas, which was founded by James O’Keefe, Karaffa is also a ranking member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA), which advances progressive causes and candidates in the Washington metropolitan area.
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