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Ortiz Dispels Rumors
Ever since Paul Ortiz declared his candidacy for Aquia District supervisor, I’ve gotten calls and emails alleging that he violated the Hatch Act. I never dismiss rumors out of hand, but some are easier to verify than others.
I’ve probably gotten more anonymous messages and emails on Ortiz’s campaign than any other, so I went to the source.
The two issues I’ve heard about involve 1) a donation from a company that Ortiz does business with in his government job and 2) being endorsed by the Stafford Democratic Committee.
Ortiz didn’t want to get too involved in specifics, but he did say that he’s had to face these allegations. He did not specify what agency contacted him.
"There is no violation of the Hatch Act, that has been decided upon," he said. "An agency was contacted and they’ve contacted me. They have said that there is no violation."
Ortiz has been endorsed by the Stafford Democratic Committee, but an endorsement in itself does not violate the Hatch Act.
"They identified me as their choice," Ortiz said. "I’m not allowed to say they’re endorsing me. That’s their call, not mine."
He further stated that he has legal counsel on hand to advise him on all aspects of his campaign and that he "has not received any donations from corporations."