Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has shrewdly decided that aggressively pushing the nomination of Maryland’s gift to the Obama Administration, Thomas Perez, as Labor Secretary, before he locks in RINO Republicans on the Gang of Eight plus Grover amnesty bill, is too big a risk.
Here is Reid from the Washington Times:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he won’t start to pick any big fights with Republicans because he’s afraid of upsetting the momentum to pass an immigration bill — and that includes delaying President Obama’s Labor Department nominee.
Thomas Perez, Mr. Obama’s nominee, faces fierce opposition from Senate Republicans, and Mr. Reid signaled he won’t force a contentious vote on Mr. Perez right now because it could upset the bipartisanship that’s emerged on the immigration bill.
“The question is, when am I going to do Perez? I am not going to do anything — we’re going to finish the farm bill, we may be able to do a little energy bill — but I am not going to do anything to interfere with the immigration bill,” Mr. Reid told reporters.
Hispanic groups desperately want both Mr. Perez’s nomination and the immigration bill, and several Democratic lawmakers have warned Republicans that they risk hurting their standing with Latino voters if they oppose him.
Mr. Perez cleared a Senate committee last week on a 12-10 party-line vote, signaling he could be ripe for a filibuster on the Senate floor.
This information should be a message to waffling Republicans—you are never going to win on the Hispanic issue no matter what you do. You can give them amnesty and welfare and they are still going to hate you for some other reason.
We have a huge archive on Perez, see it here.