Walpin sues for wrongful termination

posted at 12:00 pm on July 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Gerald Walpin has not taken his dismissal as Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service lying down yet, and apparently doesn’t plan to go quietly soon, either.  Walpin filed a lawsuit against the CNCS for unlawful termination.  He accuses the parent agency of AmeriCorps, and indirectly the administration, of politicizing his office and removing him illegally because he refused to agree to a settlement in a fraud case that let an Obama backer off the hook and with access to federal funding:

Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over his investigation of a politically-connected supporter of President Obama, has filed suit alleging that the firing was “unlawful,” “politically driven,” “procedurally defective” and “a transparent and clumsily-conducted effort to circumvent the protections” given to inspectors general under the Inspectors General Reform Act of 2008.

Walpin’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is against the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps.  Also named are Nicola Goren, the acting CEO of the Corporation, Frank Trinity, its general counsel, and Raymond Limon, the Corporation’s “chief human capital officer.”  The suit asks the court to declare Walpin’s firing unlawful and restore him to his position as the Corporation’s inspector general. …

In the suit, Walpin alleges that all three actions were violations of the job protections given to inspectors general.  “There have been at least three attempts to unlawfully remove Mr. Walpin from his post,” the suit says, “the first orally on June 10; the second by writing on June 11; and the third by writing on June 16.”

In addition, Walpin charges that the White House, in its eagerness to remove him for political purposes, never investigated the reasons it cited for the firing. “In the haste to remove Mr. Walpin from his post, not only were there…failures to comply with the statutorily-mandated procedures to preserve the integrity of the Inspector General post from politically motivated job actions,” the suit says, “no investigation was made into the facts alleged as the basis for Mr. Walpin’s termination.  In particular, there was no attempt to interview Mr. Walpin or ay members of the staff of the Office of Inspector General who were personally involved in each of the [investigations], nor any of the board members.”

Walpin hasn’t asked for damages in this suit, at least not yet.  He wants his attorney costs reimbursed, but mainly he wants the court to force the Obama administration to reinstate him as the IG.  Such a determination would underscore the need for IGs to remain politically independent of the executive, especially once they discover fraud involving a presidential contributor.

How realistic would this be?  A lawsuit may take years to resolve, and the Obama administration will certainly appeal any judgment against it, either verdicts or injunctions.  Walpin is 77 years old now.  Realistically speaking, Walpin has almost no chance of effectively winning back his job through the courts.  His best hope would be a Republican takeover of Congress in 2010, followed by a real investigation into how Norman Eisen, Obama’s Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform, tried to intimidate Walpin into resigning, and then smeared him as senile when that blew up in Eisen’s face.

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Why does The Jug-Eared One want to put Amerikorps beyond scrutiny. This must be a high priority for them to so flagrantly break the law in this fashion.

This might make it more difficult for the Chicago Machine to funnel funds to their ACORN cronies and fund the radicalization of more youts.

I want my country back.

hillbillyjim on July 19, 2009 at 3:40 AM

The lawsuit can be an excellent means of bringing information out through depositions, document requests, etc. Remember it was a civil lawsuit that led to Slick Willie’s impeachment.

Lou Budvis on July 19, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Mr. Walpin,
Stick to your guns.
You ROCK!

Blacksmith8 on July 19, 2009 at 9:41 PM

The lawsuit can be an excellent means of bringing information out through depositions, document requests, etc. Remember it was a civil lawsuit that led to Slick Willie’s impeachment.

Lou Budvis on July 19, 2009

That is the proper and logical way to look at it. But because I’m ruled by my emotions I just like the thought of somebody grabbing that big-eared freak by those flappy sensory appendages and dragging his ugly mug down into contact with a swiftly rising knee, legally speaking of course (no actual violence intended – yeah, right).

SKYFOX on July 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over his investigation of a politically-connected supporter of President Obama, has filed suit alleging that the firing was “unlawful,” “politically driven,” “procedurally defective” and “a transparent and clumsily-conducted effort to circumvent the protections” given to inspectors general under the Inspectors General Reform Act of 2008.

Good man! He will not go quietly into the night.

The Obama squad had to discredit his work by discrediting him

They put him in a lose lose position for doing his job

We may need a list of people created by Obamian hubris. Justice backed down on the black power voter intimidation, but this guy is rolling back like a very good penney

entagor on July 20, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Thank you, Mr. Walpin, for sticking to your guns, and letting this administration know they are not God.
Obama broke the law he championed! What a despicable hypcrite.

riverrat10k on July 20, 2009 at 9:45 AM

I suspect that Walprin’s main goal is to force the media to begin examining this case.

MarkTheGreat on July 20, 2009 at 10:20 AM

MarkTheGreat on July 20, 2009 at 10:20 AM: I suspect that Walprin’s main goal is to force the media to begin examining this case.

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I hope that happens — but I suspect Mr. Walprin will be receiving a smear smack-down, the likes of which we’ve seen against SP.

scituate_tgr on July 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM

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