Switcheroo on Civil Rights Division: Perez, Not Saenz, is Nominee
By Mary Jacoby | March 14, 2022 3:13 pm

President Obama has nominted Maryland’s labor secretary, Tom Perez, to lead the Civil Rights Division. The move snubs Thomas Saenz, the former Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund lawyer and Yale law grad who was the original frontrunner. The BLT quotes a friend of Saenz who called the switcheroo ”a political decision from the White House, because of Tom’s work on immigration rights.” The friend said the administration thought his work on immigration issues might make his confirmation process difficult.

Tom Perez

Tom Perez

Perez was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton administration and a former special counsel to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). Here’s the White House announcement of his nomination.

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  1. Neal Perez says:

    As someone that had his rights violated, and faced discrimination i welcome the work of our young president Obama. Our president I believe understands that a person that has fought for an issue, has a better understanding that in my opinion, that of an educater. I am not saying that an educator is not qualified, just that we need strong changes, and defenders have to feel the issues at hand.

    Neal
    Sugar Land Texas.

The Senate Democratic leader describes the Republicans' refusal to hold hearings on President Obama's eventual Supreme Court nominee "historically unbelievable and historically unprecedented."


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