Democrats are defending President Barack Obama’s provocative March 18 pick to head the Department of Labor, Tom Perez, by highlighting his Hispanic heritage.
“This morning: RNC autopsy warned GOP to improve Hispanic outreach. This afternoon: Senate Rs fight Hispanic nominee,” said a tweet from Sen. Harry Reid’s digital media advisor, Faiz Shakir.
Brad Woodhouse, the spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, broadcast a tweet from teachers’ union leader, saying “This is why GOP does so poorly with Latinos. Perez deserves better.”
Perez is a man who is documented to not believe in equal protection of the law for all Americans. He is documented to have misled Congress, if not outright lied, regarding the decision to dismiss charges against members of the New Black Panther Party who intimidated voters during the 2008 election. He has been non-responsive to members of Congress who have made inquiries regarding the operation of the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ. As such, there are plenty of valid reasons for opposition to this nominee. To turn this into a racial kerfluffle is not frankly obscene.