Explaining why Hillary Clinton isn’t at the DNC

By on September 6, 2012

Andrew Sullivan highlights an explanation for why Hillary Clinton is not at the Democratic National Convention.

Because it would be illegal:

Federal law — the Hatch Act of 1939, amended by Congress in 1993 — specifically prohibits secretaries of state from attending political conventions, and the State Department’s own ethics guidelines also rule out political activity. A senior administration official, speaking on background because the official is not authorized to speak on the record, told CNN, “The law carved out the State Department as having a unique position in the government in that foreign policy, by its nature, must remain nonpartisan/apolitical.”

Clinton, who is on an eleven-day trip to Asia, will miss the Democratic convention for the first time in four decades.

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