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While Senate Republicans are preparing to scream and yell and delay and possibly filibuster President Obama's nomination of Thomas Perez for labor secretary, it turns out that there some Republicans who like Perez quite a lot: the ones who actually know him.
"I think he's going to be a very fine secretary of labor for us," says Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee who first met Perez when he was a member of the Montgomery County Council and Steele was Lt. Governor of Maryland. "He's honest, direct, approachable and willing to work hard to get it right."

Steele isn't the only Maryland Republican praising Perez. "He's just a trustworthy guy," says John Kane, a former chair of the Maryland GOP. "If I had to put a trust together to manage my affairs after I was gone, Tom would be one of the top three guys I would pick to do that, even though I disagree with him more than half the time."

Monday, John R. Dunne, a Republican who was head of the civil rights division during the George H.W. Bush administration, sent a letter to senators urging them to confirm Perez, calling him "an excellent lawyer," and "a dedicated public servant with a deep commitment to the common good." Dunne hired Perez during his Perez' first stint in the Justice Department.

In the Senate, though, Oklahoma's Tom Coburn is upset because Perez supports translators for patients who don't speak English, Louisiana's David Vitter sees Perez's testimony about decisions that happened before he was in charge of the Justice Department's civil rights division as a chance to say "New Black Panther Party" (translation: scary black men) a whole lot, and Iowa's Chuck Grassley would have us believe that Perez was secretive and sneaky in a case where he actually consulted a series of ethics officers and experts for sign-off before making a final decision. Your basic set of trumped-up Republican monkey poo being flung at a dedicated and skilled public servant because he's and Obama nominee and a champion of people without power, in other words, as evidenced by the fact that Republicans outside Congress are so clear that Perez is conscientious and honorable.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Maryland Kos, and Daily Kos.

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  •  I know him personally.... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TomP, jj32, myeye

    He is a straight-up, intelligent, hard working, compassionate and caring guy.  A government filled with his type would move mountains.

    And I think it will be quite difficult to defeat his confirmation.  

    •  He's too right-wing. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      stevej

      I'm sick and tired of Obama appointing Republicans to what is supposed to be a Democratic administration. Granted, he does it because he's Republican-lite at heart, but Christ on a crutch, can't he at least remember he ran as a Democrat when he's making appointments.

      Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

      by rhonan on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 02:49:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Can you imagine (0+ / 0-)

        the President appointing somebody Republicans don't like?  Like...  to anything?

        Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

        by Boundegar on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 02:59:23 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  According to you Mr. Perez is "right wing" (0+ / 0-)

        This is a gentleman who has worked on Civil Rights issues for many many years, and yet you are condemning him as a Right Winger.

        I could only imagine that you have done this because your record of being a "Democrat" or advocating for the Civil Rights of others is far superior to his and the "Republican-Lite Obama", correct?

        It should be noted that Thomas Perez was also a special counsel to late Senator Edward Kennedy on civil rights and immigration reform issues.

        So, he is not "Right Wing" in the estimation of  Ted Kennedy but, to you, I guess, a far more respected standard-bearer of the Democratic Party, Perez is sorely wanting....

        I understand....

      •  ah (0+ / 0-)

        can you provide some link backing up your opinion? How long have you been aware of him...or is this just a rubber mallet tap on your head reflex cause well.. Obamz
           My wife is aware of him because of his outstanding work with people with disabilities..

        here is a link for you
        http://www.aapd.com/...

        ashes..ashes..we all fall down..

  •  MD GOP is imploding at the moment (0+ / 0-)

    They've been having lots of problems in the state. And with elections coming up (this weekend actually) the
    Maryland GOP lays down the law on bloggers:

    MARYLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY will not allow journalists to register as “media” for the purpose of writing a personal online blog, or for persons whose news outlet is funded by a corporation; trade association; think-tank; public relations or marketing company/firm; individual; political candidate/party; or activist/lobbying organization. These individuals may still attend MARYLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY’s meetings, but must register as an association, lobbying group or individual and pay the corresponding registration fees. MARYLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY only accepts registrations during press room operating hours.
    The activists on twitter, fb, and RedState are furious and only see it as another reason the MG GOP is out of touch with their ideals.
    •  Ever visit RedMaryland? (0+ / 0-)

      It's one of the funniest blogs around. They did a poll a little while back where they asked readers to submit what they thought the biggest issue facing the MD GOP was. Almost all of the responses had to do with there being too many Democrats in MoCo & PG counties and Baltimore City. So yeah, they have no hope. We're not going away anytime soon, in fact we're spreading into the "red" parts of the state and turning them purple.

  •  champion for people with disabilities (0+ / 0-)

    See People with Disabilities for Tom Perez -- and check out all the disability rights organizations signed on to support his nomination!

    If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

    by AnnieJo on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 11:30:40 AM PDT

  •  I love these Republicans' statemnts (0+ / 0-)

    John Kane:  If I had to put a trust together to manage my affairs after I was gone, Tom would be one of the top three guys I would pick to do that, even though I disagree with him more than half the time."

    All the reasonable GOP people always praise someone yet say they disagree with them more than half of the time.  They disagree why?

    Uh, maybe because they insist on being conservative and not allowing their brains to input new information.

  •  The right person for the job! (0+ / 0-)

    Thomas Perez is the right person to be Secretary of Labor. He is a caring knowledgeable attorney who will work to see workers are treated fairly by their employers. I would hope that he gets a fair review by the members of the senate.

  •  The image of (0+ / 0-)

    "trumped-up Republican monkey poo being flung..." will be with me for far too long, but in a good way.

    Some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints!

    by SpotTheCat on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 02:44:45 PM PDT

  •  Vitter: Home of the Pant-Load (0+ / 0-)

    Louisiana's David Vitter sees Perez's testimony about decisions that happened before he was in charge of the Justice Department's civil rights division as a chance to say "New Black Panther Party" (translation: scary black men) a whole lot,

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 GOP Rep. Steve Stockman (TX):"If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted"

    by annieli on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 02:45:04 PM PDT

  •  What Would Republicans Do? (0+ / 0-)

    What would republicans do if Obama nominated Jesus?

    FILIBUSTER!!!!!!

  •  the kiss of death for the wingnuts: (0+ / 0-)
    "a dedicated public servant with a deep commitment to the common good."
    In TeaPot speech this equates with communism.  The Common Good is a Commie Plot to take your land and your freedom.  See all those double ems?  That's what to watch for, the code.

    It is the sad and terrifying truth that we are called upon in these times to define and defend the very concept of the Common Good, as though that value isn't at the very core of the American Promise, something literally to be taken for granted.

    We have a real problem here.

    I have an hypothesis that the roots of this are Tribal in nature. A Tribe shares a Commons and they are The People of that land.  That's the unwritten self-mythos behind the Tribe.  Tribes are usually but not always homogenetic and at the smaller levels, extended families.

    Healthy tribal culture would have to allow for new blood to come into the pool, women and/or men from somewhere else with fresh genes, but it could well involve some dispute in various moments.  Long term, tribes that won't allow this would tend to degrade the genetic stock and decline as a culture.

    Tribal identity is strong stuff, residing down there in the lizard-brain, so evolution of that effect on culture comes slowly.   It can lurk down in the sub-conscious, under the overlays of evolved and more relevant to the modern existence types of behavior.

    Anyway, the Common Good.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:31:29 PM PDT

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