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The state-owned ferry was taking passengers from Hatteras to Ocracoke on the Outer Banks. The captain and a crew member decided to hoist a “Trump 2020” campaign flag during the journey. And the two have now been suspended for a week without pay for that.
The suspensions were for “unacceptable personal conduct,” NC Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division spokesman Tim Hass told The Charlotte Observer in an interview Friday.
The article goes on to state the following:
NC law bars state employees from using state money, supplies or vehicles “to secure support for or oppose any candidate, party, or issue in an election involving candidates for office or party nominations …” according to NC General Statute 126-13.
The suspensions stemmed from an investigation by the NC Ferry Division and NC Department of Transportation’s Employee Relations Division, Hass told the Observer. The investigation began after Catherine Mitchell posted a photo of the flag on July 26 in the community section of the North Carolina Ferry System Facebook page.
Ferry Division spokesman Tim Hass told media outlets that putting campaign material on a state-owned vessel is not appropriate. https://t.co/sLM3bf8zLh
— WSOCTV (@wsoctv) August 11, 2018
The captain and a crew member of an NC ferry who flew this Donald J. Trump campaign flag have been disciplined.
Crew members flew a Trump flag on a state ferry. Now they’re suspended without pay. https://t.co/ixtzAHLWtk
— Laura (@psalm7115) August 11, 2018
— ABC11 EyewitnessNews (@ABC11_WTVD) July 30, 2018
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