John Dunne, who was appointed by George H.W. Bush to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 1990-1993, wrote a letter to Senators Thomas Harkin and Lamar Alexander urging them to support Thomas Perez.
“I write as an appointee by former President George H.W. Bush to the United States Department of Justice in support of Thomas Perez who has been nominated by President Obama to serve as Secretary of Labor and urge your favorable consideration of his candidacy.”
A bipartisan group of ten current and former state attorneys general issued a statement in support of Thomas Perez.
“As state Attorneys General, we have found Perez to be open, responsive and fundamentally fair. He is committed to justice and the rule of law and able to work across party and philosophical lines to achieve just results. The U.S. Department of Labor and the country will be well served by a leader who understands the need to forge partnerships with state and local officials and who values cooperation to bring about successful results for both employers and employees.”
The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement praising Thomas Perez’s work to prevent hate crimes.
“The President made a strong choice for the next labor secretary by nominating Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Perez has been a longtime advocate for LGBT equality. As assistant attorney general, he has worked to protect the community from hate crimes and has testified before Congress on the importance of passing legislation protecting LGBT individuals from workplace discrimination. We hope the senate moves forward in a bipartisan manner and without delay to confirm Perez as the next labor secretary.”
An editorial in the Baltimore Sun defended Thomas Perez against the “flimsy” attacks of critics.
“What Republicans are really upset about in the nomination of Mr. Perez is that he worked hard to enforce voting rights laws at a time when GOP officials in states across the country were seeking to make it harder for people — particularly the poor and minorities — to register and vote. They don’t like that as labor secretary in Maryland, he stood against predatory lending practices and in favor of enforcing fair pay laws. And many can’t stomach his record of treating immigrants — legal or not — as human beings. Mr. Perez is energetic and smart, with clear eyes and a good heart. He’s exactly the kind of person America’s workers need looking out for them.”
The Buffalo News editorial board says that Thomas Perez has “empowered the
“As soon as President Obama announced his choice for labor secretary, it became clear that Snyder native Thomas E. Perez had become the latest target of today’s toxic political environment.
“Indeed, it’s going to be a bumpy ride, as News Washington bureau chief Jerry Zremski reported. But Perez, who has fought more than his share of battles representing the downtrodden and disenfranchised, will surely be up to the tough task ahead.”
Mother Jones reporter Adam Serwer writes that landlords in St. Paul, MN were using the “disparate impact” standard to avoid apartment maintenance requirements.
“Republicans are expected to fiercely oppose President Barack Obama’s nomination of Thomas Perez, the assistant attorney general for civil rights and one of the more prominent progressives in his administration, to head the Labor Department. Already, Perez’s GOP foes have accused him of corruption concerning a deal he helped forge in the Justice Department. This agreement prevented an unusual Minnesota housing discrimination case from going to the Supreme Court, and the full backstory—which Perez’s critics haven’t acknowledged—is a bizarre tale of legal complexities in which landlords tried to use a major civil rights law to protect themselves from city regulations meant to improve living conditions for low-income residents.”