by Dave Blount | March 16, 2016 1:30 pm
It would seem impossible that the Democrat Party could go even farther off the tracks to the left than it already has under Obama — and yet:
Aside from the wonkiest of Washington circles and the most progressive corners of the left, no one’s heard of Tom Perez. He isn’t young or handsome. He has zero foreign policy experience. The highest office he’s been elected to is a suburban county council.
Yet the labor secretary has emerged as a sleeper pick for vice president, with chatter building among top Democrats — including Elizabeth Warren.
What Perez has to offer is that no one who has ever lived could outflank him on the left. As noted 2 years ago,
If there is one wriggling insect in Washington that causes the skin to crawl even more than the others, it is Thomas Perez of the Department of Social Justice, who has taken a lead role in attempting to reenact the 2008 housing market collapse by forcing banks to make race-based loans (see here and here). Obama has rewarded his aggressive racism by nominating him for Labor Secretary. This pushes the radical left envelope too far for Senator David Vitter (R-LA), who cites Perez’s role in the infamous New Black Panther voter intimidation case, as well as a thuggish attempt to facilitate voter fraud in Louisiana.
As Labor Secretary, Perez has waded so deep into the fever swamps of hard left ideology as to proclaim that amnesty for illegal aliens would raise wages.
Washington Free Beacon describes a few scandals he has stepped in:
New Black Panther Party
In 2008, two men from the New Black Panther Party, one brandishing a nightstick, stood in front of a polling place in Philadelphia and became aggressive when a video tracker asked them what they were doing. The Department of Justice had a straightforward case against the two, according to former attorney J. Christian Adams, until Perez, then head of the agency’s Civil Rights Division, intervened. Adams resigned in protest after the charges were dropped. He called Perez the “most extreme cabinet nominee” he had ever seen.
No Voting Rights for White People
An investigation into the Civil Rights Division by the Department of Justice’s inspector general revealed extreme views held by Perez. He told investigators that white people were not entitled to protection under the Voting Rights Act.
Abandoned Whistleblower Lawsuit
The House Oversight Committee found that Perez engaged in a quid pro quo that cost taxpayers $200 million in order to prevent a discrimination case from reaching the Supreme Court.
Perez pressured underlings to cover up the deal by omitting any mention of the reasons behind the decision. “Mr. Perez inappropriately used a whistleblower as a bargaining chip,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), the committee chairman. Issa said the deal was “arranged to ensure an ideological pet policy of the Obama Administration would avoid Supreme Court scrutiny.”
Hillary-Style Email Shenanigans
Perez would be a fitting running mate for Clinton given his use of private email to dodge accountability laws and his refusal to surrender potentially damaging material to the public.
Ignoring and Misleading Congress
Perez has insisted that the Labor Department is not legislating from the executive branch or coordinating with other labor regulators to push workplace rules that crack down on franchising. However, Perez came under fire when congressional investigators discovered coordination after uncovering files from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)—records that did not turn up in Perez’s submission to the committee.
For more details on Perez’s career in hyper-moonbattery, refer to Discover the Networks.
Considering Hillary’s precarious health, having this kook a heartbeat away should make the hair stand up on the back of any patriot’s neck.
On a tip from Stormfax. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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