Sen. Vitter Threatens to Block Obama Nominee for Labor Secretary

Fox News, March 18, 2013

Republican Sen. David Vitter vowed Monday to block President Obama’s nominee for Labor secretary, citing a past run-in with his state of Louisiana as well as the nominee’s role in the controversial voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party.

The president on Monday tapped Justice Department official Thomas Perez for the Labor post. The candidate, though, was already being questioned over a newly released report that found he gave incomplete testimony on the decision to drop charges against members of the new Black Panthers.

“Thomas Perez’s record should be met with great suspicion by my colleagues for his spotty work related to the New Black Panther case, but Louisianians most certainly should have cause for concern about this nomination,” Vitter said in a statement.

The senator went on to cite a separate incident in which the Justice Department filed suit against Louisiana over its voter registration efforts. Vitter’s office said he would block the Perez nomination until the Justice Department responds to a 2011 letter on the issue.

“Perez was greatly involved in the DOJ’s partisan full court press to pressure Louisiana’s Secretary of State to only enforce one side of the law–the side that specifically benefits the politics of the president and his administration at the expense of identity security of each and every Louisianian on the voter rolls,” Vitter said.


The new report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, though, is likely to provide fodder for Republicans like Vitter. The report challenged testimony Perez gave to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, when he claimed in 2010 that no political leadership was involved in the decision to dismiss three of the four defendants in a lawsuit the George W. Bush administration brought against the New Black Panther Party. The high-profile case involved allegations of voter intimidation outside a Philadelphia polling place in the 2008 election.

The IG report found that, despite Perez’ testimony, top political appointees were looped in on the decision-making. Further, the report said Attorney General Eric Holder “was briefed and generally indicated his approval” of a decision to dismiss some of the defendants.


“We did not find that Perez intentionally misled the commission,” said the IG. “Nevertheless, given he was testifying as a department witness before the commission, we believe that Perez should have sought more details … about the nature and extent of the participation of political employees in the NBPP decision in advance of his testimony before the commission.”

The report said Perez left out from his testimony that Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli and a deputy associate attorney general were involved in consultations about the decision.

IG Michael Horowitz said there are no rules prohibiting political appointees from participating in such decision making and that Perez did not know about the incidents when he testified to the commission in May 2010.

Separately, the wide-ranging IG report also concluded that deep ideological polarization in the Justice Department’s voting rights section in both the Bush and Obama administrations fueled disputes that in some instances harmed the office’s proper functioning. {snip}

Despite the polarization, the IG said its review did not substantiate claims of political or racial bias in decision-making.


The White House stressed Perez’s accomplishments in the Civil Rights Division, including the settlement of three major fair lending cases.


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  • Incidentally, Vitter is apparently only one of two members of the U.S. Senate that truly “get it” on immigration, the other being Jeff Sessions.

    As for this subject matter, I keep reading articles about how awful Tom Perez is, and those articles are correct. However, I think they miss the more fundamental point: I don’t need an in-depth expose to prove to me that Tom Perez is awful. All I need to know is that he’s a non-white person appointed by a non-white President. That’s enough for me to say Hell No.

    • sbuffalonative

      We may not need to expose Mr. Perez as awful but this is an opportunity to expose what’s going on at the DofJ. They need to be called out and made to answer why they decide to prosecute some people but not others who are in clear violation of voter intimidation laws.
      I hope this gets ugly.

      • 5n4k33y35

        Yes. They believe whites should remain the focus of thought crime prosecutions while everyone else is above suspicion. Time for the “nation of cowards” to have a long overdue talk.

        This is one kind of judicial discrimination is a deal-breaker, which makes war of secession inevitable. Still, no hurry. They won’t be so excited by the idea of war after Obongo retires.

    • White Mom in WDC

      Yeah buddy! I second that. Truly race realist deductive logic

  • Oil Can Harry

    Good for Sen. Vitter. Perez is IMO even more anti-white than his boss Eric Holder.

    An investigation into this race-baiter is long overdue.

  • bigone4u

    In my extensive experience Hispanics do sloppy work. They also are more likely to lie than white persons. These observations suggest that Perez should be thoroughly investigated rather than rubber stamped just because he’s a minority. Good to see Vitter up to the challenge.

  • StillModerated

    Good news! Rand Paul has raised the bar. It’s high time the GOP senators became the loyal opposition instead of going along to get along. I hope he breaks Strom Thurmond’s filibuster record.

    • The__Bobster

      He raised the bar and then slithered under it on immigration.

      • Nathanwartooth

        Yeah I had to turn the station listening to him talk about immigration. It’s truly sickening him saying that he wants all people from around the world to come here if they are “willing to work”.

        • White Mom in WDC

          These people, all politicians, suck. There is no point in paying any allegiance to any of them. As race realists, we should know that loyalty to white Europeans should come first. These people don’t care and are not loyal to US. So, it is time to secede intellectually then our actions will follow suit.

  • The__Bobster

    Obama’s Nominee for Secretary of (Illegal Alien) Labor
    By Michelle Malkin on March 12, 2013 at 10:13pm

    The Beltway is buzzing over President Obama’s likely nomination of Thomas E. Perez as the next head of the U.S. Department of Labor. But when Americans find out whom Perez has lobbied for most aggressively over the course of his extremist leftwing social justice career, they’ll be wondering which country Obama’s pick really plans to serve.

    Press accounts describe Perez, currently the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil rights division, as a “tireless advocate of worker and civil rights.” The son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Perez was a former special counsel for the late illegal alien amnesty champion Sen. Ted Kennedy.

    During the Clinton years, Perez worked at the Justice Department to establish a “Worker Exploitation Task Force” to enhance working conditions for … illegal alien workers. While holding down his government position, Perez volunteered for Casa de Maryland. This notorious illegal alien advocacy group is funded through a combination of taxpayer-subsidized grants (totaling $5 million in 2010 alone from Maryland and local governments) and radical liberal philanthropy, including billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

    • saxonsun

      Americans don’t have the guts to care or to do something about our dire situation–for the most part, we are a collective of ignorant sheeple.


    The GOP missed another golden opportunity when they refused to make a fuss over the NBPP voter intimidation case. That video should have been used in campaign commercials.

  • MobyWhite

    Blocking the nomination a hate whitey Diversity elite is deemed a White privilege hate crime.

  • Xerxes22

    The Republicans talk tough but they aways end up backing down at the last minute.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      They also abuse their own constituents while grovelling to the left. As an opposition party, the GOP is a complete sham.

  • Greg Thomas

    Another La Raza nominee. What a shock!

  • His parents come to the US as illegals, his mother in 1930 according to Wiki. They eventually become legal. His father, a doctor, enlists in the military to do this ( …. Anybody here want to be treated by a a Dominican Doctor?) and becomes legal sometime after WW2. Were his siblings anchor-babies?

    He looks like a light skinned hispanic black, so my guess is he was AA coddled all the way along.

    And I agree with bigone4u when he says In my extensive experience Hispanics do sloppy work. Most do very sloppy work. A few do very good work.

    • Unperson

      And I agree with bigone4u when he says In my extensive experience Hispanics do sloppy work. Most do very sloppy work. A few do very good work.

      I would agree with this too. I’ve had some decent work from Hispanics, but overall their workmanship is not up to White standards. They’re not as sloppy as blacks, perhaps (assuming you can find blacks that work at all), but the brown man’s Sloppiness Factor is definitely worse than ours.

      Some random examples I’ve noticed:

      * Hispanic laborers working on a store on heavily-trafficked Hollywood Blvd with their tools and materials sprawled out ALL OVER the sidewalk — from the storefront to the curb — oblivious to the danger (and lawsuits) of forcing thousands of tourists and other pedestrians to step carefully over their mess or risk breaking an ankle;

      * Hispanic housepainters unable to paint a window frame without getting splotches on the glass panes;

      * Hispanic plumbers ignorant of the tradition of putting the Hot faucet on the left and the Cold faucet on the right. This may be pure carelessness, or it may be that the Spanish word for Hot (“Caliente”) starts with a C. Either way, it’s unacceptable.

  • Black Panther Obama

    Who associated with Obama is not with the Black Panther party including the one in the WH?