Obama is stumbling on several fronts these days and one more in the growing list is his inability to get his pick for Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez, confirmed. This time it’s not just trouble being caused by the evil GOP, but by fellow Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings.
We have an extensive archive on Thomas Perez, supported for his present position in the US Justice Department by none other than prominent Maryland Republicans Del. Tony O’Donnell and former MDGOP chairman John Kane (see our extensive archive here). No word as to whether those two have weighed in favorably on Perez’s potential promotion to US Labor Secretary.
Even if I’m not writing here as often lately (immigration fraud keeping me busy elsewhere), I do want to keep certain long-time topics updated, and in the case of Perez (former board member of CASA de Maryland), do not be surprised if he is back on the Maryland political scene sooner or later running for US Senator or Governor, in which case we will have a handy list of his misdeeds as the second in command to Attorney General Eric Holder cataloged here at PTPR.
Here is the story from the Examiner:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, joined Chairman Darrell Issa in demanding that the White House’s nominee to be labor secretary, Thomas Perez, turn over some 1,200 private emails.
The change is notable because Cummings has been an ardent defender of the nominee. He said a House hearing just Tuesday that Republicans had made “partisan and unsubstantiated claims against Mr. Perez.”
Republicans believe Perez, currently the Justice Department’s top civil rights enforcer, used a private email account to conduct official business in an attempt to circumvent federal transparency laws. Perez has refused to comply with an earlier subpoena to turn over the emails. To date congressional investigators have been allowed to view only 34 of the 1,200.
On Wednesday, Cummings told Perez he has to turn the emails over and they must be in “unredacted form” as well. Here’s the text of the letter signed by Issa and Cummings:
We write to request that you produce all documents responsive to the subpoena issued to you by the committee on April 10, 2013, regarding your use of a non-official email account to conduct official Department of Justice business. The Department has represented to the committee that roughly 1,200 responsive emails exist. To allow the committee to fully examine these emails, please produce all responsive documents in unredacted form to the committee no later than Friday, May 10, 2013.
This was the second blow Perez’s nomination suffered this week. He was originally scheduled to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday for a confirmation vote, but it was abruptly postponed until next week.
I wonder how many more in the O-man’s administration keep special e-mail accounts so that the public can’t see what they are up to—the same issue helped bring down Obama’s EPA Administrator a few months ago.