Tom Perez: Who Is He And What You Need To Know

Tom Perez

We’re sure you have heard about the race for DNC chair because there has been lots of coverage about the background of Rep. Keith Ellison, who was a leading candidate.

With Ellison Muslim background and association with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam, it made him a long shot to win the race. Plus he is seen as the far left candidate, pushed by the Bernie Sanders people.

Republican former Sen. Alphonse D’Amato says Perez was a horrible Secretary of Labor.

But Tom Perez was largely over looked by the media, so who is he? Well he was former Secretary of Labor, who the DNC seat after a big push by both Obama and Clinton camps.

The Washington Free Beacon outlined some of Perez past last year when he was being considered as a choice for vice president.

1. The New Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case:

In 2008, two men from the New Black Panther Party, one brandishing a nightstick, stood in front of a polling place in Philadelphia and became aggressive when a video tracker asked them what they were doing. The Department of Justice had a straightforward case against the two, according to former attorney J. Christian Adams, until Perez, then head of the agency’s Civil Rights Division, intervened. Adams resigned in protest after the charges were dropped. He called Perez the “most extreme cabinet nominee” he had ever seen.

Perez dropped the case.

2. Perez Doesn’t Think White People Are Protected Under the Voting Rights Act

An investigation into the Civil Rights Division by the Department of Justice’s inspector general revealed extreme views held by Perez. He told investigators that white people were not entitled to protection under the Voting Rights Act.

Perez revealed to investigators that he saw the Voting Rights Act as only providing protection to specific, historic minorities, not all citizens:

3. He Used a Private Email Address to Dodge Accountability

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said it appears Perez used his personal email account almost 1,200 times since 2009 to conduct official department business, including communicating with organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the New York Times, and Talking Points Memo …

Perez has yet to fully comply with the subpoena, Issa wrote. Oversight officials were only given the opportunity to review 34 emails from Perez’ personal account.

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