Team Obama Richard Falknor on 20 Mar 2013 07:12 pm
UPDATE MARCH 23! “MPAC [Muslim Public Affairs Council] Congratulates Obama’s New Appointees – Perez & Rogers” (click here) “Perez is currently the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Under Perez, the Civil Rights Division has successfully upheld the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act in several cities where mosque development projects came under public attack, including Murfreesboro, TN, and Lomita, CA.” via Bill Gawthrop. But click here to read Discover the Networks’ take on MPAC.
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NRO’s Katrina Trinko declared today —
“If a prior Senate vote is any indication, Thomas Perez, President Obama’s labor nominee, may have a tough path to confirmation.
When Perez was appointed assistant attorney general for the civil-rights division in 2009, the confirmation vote was 72 to 22.”
This time, the likely vote for the upcoming Perez confirmation look less favorable, according to Trinko.
And John Fund (NRO) counseled last week –
“a Perez nomination should be fought by Senate Republicans with every weapon at their disposal, including a filibuster.”
We wrote about this “prior Senate vote” on October 7, 2009 in our Puzzling MD GOP Supporters of Questionable Perez Pick —
“Yesterday the U.S. Senate, not unexpectedly, confirmed by a vote of 72-22 former Montgomery County councilman and sometime Casa of Maryland board president Thomas E. Perez to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.
What is surprising are the letters of support for Mr. Perez from two Maryland Republicans who played prominent political roles during the late Ehrlich administration. Former Maryland Republican Party chairman John Kane endorsed Mr. Perez; so did House of Delegates Republican leader Tony O’Donnell.”
Click here to read our entire 2009 post on that Perez Senate confirmation.
Why A Continuing Wall of Silence from Tony O’Donnell and John Kane?
We followed up here on September 25, 2010, asking —
“Will Republican leader O’Donnell bring into the “full light of day” his purpose in sending a letter on House of Delegates letterhead (and thus implying that he was speaking for the House of Delegates Republican Caucus) to the chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the confirmation of Mr. Tom Perez? Mr. O’Donnell submitted this confirmation support in the face of opposition to Mr. Perez from Republican U.S. senators and Judiciary Committee members Jeff Sessions and Tom Coburn.
After all, Mr. O’Donnell’s communication was not a personal letter to, say, the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman and ranking Republican endorsing for confirmation a long-time friend from childhood for some plain-vanilla position like, maybe, an assistant agriculture secretary for county extension work and practical research.
Mr. O’Donnell endorsed a major Obama Administration player.
Coincidentally or not, former Maryland state chairman (and husband of Mary Kane, GOP lieutenant-governor nominee) John Kane wrote an effusive letter around the same time to the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and ranking Republican member urging the confirmation of Mr. Perez. Both Kane and O’Donnell were prominent members of governor Bob Ehrlich’s team when he was in office (2003-2007): O’Donnell was House of Delegates Republican Whip (Republican leader since 2007); John Kane was Maryland GOP chairman.”
Mr. O’Donnell’s 2009 testimonial to the U. S. Senate in behalf of Tom Perez was signed as “Minority Leader”.
Do we then conclude he was speaking for many, if not all Maryland House of Delegates Republicans in 2009?
But if not, why did the House of Delegates Republicans not disavow the letter?
Nonetheless, we are great believers in redemption! Will Maryland GOP sachems now — in 2013 — counsel the U.S. Senate against Mr. Perez’ confirmation as Secretary of Labor? Stay tuned.
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Faithful readers will recall our earlier posts (below) relating to the O’Donnell and Kane endorsements of Tom Perez, and may wish to revisit these reports.