Acting D.C. Corporation Counsel Louis P. Robins has accused two city employes of violating the Hatch Act by running partisan office while remaining on the municipal payroll.
If Robbins' findings are confirmed by other city officials, the two employes - Absalom Jordan Jr. and Wilmur A. Davis - could lose their city jobs.
Jordan, who is employed by the D.C. City Council under a federally funded jobs program, is running for the Democratic nomination for an at-large seat on the council.
Davis, a D.C. Department of Transportation employe who is seeking the Democratic mayoral nomination, was removed from the ballot last week by the city's Board of Elections and Ethics. He is appealing the removal to the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Jordan is one of the three council employes whose hiring was specifically questioned in a recent Labor Department report criticizing the council's use of workers paid under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program.
The report said Jordan was hired because he was close to Council Member Douglas E. Moore (D-At Large), whose seat he hopes to capture in the forthcoming election.
The Hatch Act, passed by Congress in 1939, prohibits federal and District of Columbia employes from participating in partisan politics. Jordan has filed a suit attacking the validity of the Hatch Act.
Robbins said he had advised the council to take steps to remove Jordan as an obvious violator of the law, and the Transportation Department to look in Davis's status. Davis was removed from the ballot because of a finding that he lacked enough valid signatures on his nomination petitions.