Tom Perrelli is drawing the ire of religious conservatives over his role in the 2005 Terry Schiavo case, the Washington Times reports. The Jenner & Block partner is “just another death peddler Obama has added to his list of designess,” said Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition.
Perrelli, who is Obama’s pick for the number three position at DOJ, was legal advisor to Michael Schiavo, husband of the long-and-permanently-brain-dead Florida woman who became a cause celebre of then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and other Christian conservatives in 2005. Michael Schiavo wanted to take his wife off life-support, but his in-laws objected. Congress got involved, and then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn), a physician, made a fool of himself by offering a diagnosis by looking at videotape that Schiavo wasn’t, in fact, brain dead.