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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.

Mitchell said the photo was taken aboard the MV Frisco ferry, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported at the time.

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  1. I am a federal employee and rules of conduct state I cannot engage in any political activity in relation to my job. Out side of work, I cannot use my position with the government for any type of political activity or endorse any candidate using my work title. Now, I can do work for a candidate as long as I never use my work title or job in any form. I cannot use my position at work to any political need or use. That is standard for government, and should be the same for state. There would have been no problem with them flying a 2020 flag on a personally owned boat outside of work hours or location. But to do it during official state work is illegal.

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