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Conservatives Richard Falknor on 06 Aug 2010 09:33 pm

More Today on Tom Perez, and His Two Maryland GOP Fans

Ed Lasky in the American Thinker today speaks of “The Zealot heading up the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division” while drawing our attention to Byron York’s Washington Examiner article also of today — “Obama’s zealous civil rights enforcer gets busy.” The “Zealot” in question is none other than Marylander Tom Perez.

Writes Lasky – –

“Has anyone ever heard of Tomas de Torquemada, the fanatical leader of the Spanish Inquisition? Well…he is back. He has been re-incarnated as Thomas Perez, the head of the Civil Rights Division in the Obama-Holder Department of Justice. Not surprisingly, he is a zealot who is stretching the responsibilities of the office to the breaking point.”

Chief Examiner Political Correspondent York gives us some details of Mr. Perez’ mission – –

“Perez is playing a leading role in the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration law. He is promising a huge increase in prosecution of alleged hate crimes. He vows to use ‘disparate impact theory’ to pursue discrimination cases where there is no intent to discriminate but a difference in results, such as in test scores or mortgage lending, that Perez wants to change. He is even considering a crackdown on Web sites on the theory that the Internet is a ‘public accommodation‘ as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.. . . .Perez is pursuing his goals with a lot of muscle, powered by a major appropriations increase in President Obama’s 2010 budget. ‘I am going to be calling each and every one of you to recruit you, because we’ve got 102 new positions in our budget,‘ Perez told the liberal lawyers last year. ‘One hundred and two people, when added to a base of 715 people. … that’s a real opportunity to make a difference.'” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Two prominent members of governor Bob Ehrlich’s team when he was in office (2003-2007), House of Delegates Republican Whip (Republican leader since 2007) Tony O’Donnell and former Maryland GOP chairman John Kane later (in 2009) wrote here and here to the U. S. Senate Judiciary panel to support Mr. Perez’ confirmation. (John Kane is the husband of Mary Kane selected as Mr. Ehrlich’s running mate this year.)

Alert voters, however, will ask what role Mr. O’Donnell and Mr. Kane will play as part of any leadership team or “kitchen cabinet” should Mr. Ehrlich again be elected governor. After all, Mr. Perez was unlikely to foster an “entrepreneur agenda”  – – anywhere – – and those who supported him for Senate confirmation ignored that obvious fact.

Mr. O’Donnell’s and Mr. Kane’s judgment in this matter was clearly lacking.  Both had sufficient warning about Perez’ activities.

As Byron York explains – –

“Heading the Civil Rights Division is the opportunity of a lifetime for Perez. A former aide to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, he was an activist and later a councilman in Montgomery County, Md., where he made a name for himself pushing in-state tuition and drivers’ licenses for illegal immigrants.”

Nor has Mr. O’Donnell nor Mr. Kane expressed any public regret for supporting Tom Perez. Does being part of the Maryland GOP Establishment mean never having to say I’m sorry?

Conservatives might also want to ask Maryland Republican delegates why they have not held their leader Mr. O’Donnell publicly accountable for his support of Tom Perez.

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