Obama Set to Nominate Race-Pusher as Labor Secretary

Obama Set to Nominate Race-Pusher as Labor Secretary

-By Warner Todd Huston

President Obama is seeking to replace his Secretary of Labor and word is he’s found a leading candidate in one Thomas Perez, currently at the Department of Justice. So what of this fellow? He’s known lately for using the DOJ to push political policies instead of any justice-based policies.

Mr. Perez, 51, has not been officially nominated, but the media is reporting that Perez is Obama’s pick. The administration is also refusing to comment on the story.

Mr. Perez was the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County Council in Maryland serving there from 2002 to 2008.

He then moved on to the Department of Justice ostensibly serving in the Civil Rights Division starting in 2009.

Perez was a principal in attempting to eliminate voter ID laws in the various states. But he is also controversial for using his position to push political policies as opposed to strictly justice related ones.

His most controversial action concerned a backroom, quid pro quo deal he brokered with the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, so that he could protect a minority program he favored. It was a deal that his own DOJ lawyers were against and a deal that cost the U.S. government some $180 million in returned, misspent federal funds.

In September of 2012, Perez brokered a deal with St. Paul for them to drop a lawsuit that was headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Court watcher felt that the case St. Paul was involved in might have damaged a minorities-centric program that Perez and the Obama administration favored.

In exchange for for the city backing out of the suit, Perez dropped his department’s case against the city for abusing federal funds. The effort could have returned some $180 million in improperly spent federal funds to the U.S. treasury.

Senator Chuck Grassley addressed this disgusting quid pro quo in a letter to the DOJ in September of last year.

“We were shocked to learn during this briefing and in subsequent document examination that Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, over the objections of career Justice Department attorneys, enticed the City to drop its lawsuit that Mr. Perez did not want decided by the Supreme Court. This quid pro quo arrangement potentially cost U.S. taxpayers over $180 million,” the letter reads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcus-Lindroos/100000301060166 Marcus Lindroos

    As a liberal, I certainly hope the GOP will try to derail the appointment of a Hispanic nominee such as Thomas Perez!
    Barack Obama already won 80%+ of the minority vote in 2012 so the GOP is playing with fire if it tries to block Perez.

    • Jennifer Frank

      you’re right, Marcus! The hell with electing or appointing people with any sense of the law or the Bill of Rights, right? As long as the liberals keep cheating and breaking laws and hope for any kind of unrest in the country, to keep conservatives out of the picture so they can continue to destroy the country and our constitution, then HEY! That’s all that matters, right? You’re an idiot for falling for the left/right paradigm. Whatever happened to being honest and trustworthy? Law abiding and taking seriously an oath of office? Whatever happened to justice and patriotism? Whatever happened to getting people IN that actually care about the country?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1262702091 Cindy Russell

    More backdoor deals courtesy of the Obutthead administration. WHEN will Congress IMPEACH Obama and relieve us of this constant misery?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcus-Lindroos/100000301060166 Marcus Lindroos

      > WHEN will Congress IMPEACH Obama

      Um, Congress cannot impeach Obama unless he is found guilty of unlawful activity … “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” No such charges have been filed. And what is the likelihood Harry Reid’s senate would convict Obama, since a two-thirds majority is required.

      > and relieve us of this constant misery?

      Well, you had two shots at this — in 2008 and 2012.

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