On March 13, it was announced that President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Thomas Perez as his candidate to fill the vacant cabinet position of Labor Secretary. Currently working as the head of the Civil Rights division in the Department of Justice, Mr. Perez is already under fire by many political analysts as being seriously inept in his abilities as a lawyer in the DOJ, failing to deal with a major harassment scandal that occurred in his own office, and carrying a history of racial bias against white Americans in many legal precedents.
Quin Hillyer of the American Spectator blasted him as "one of the most loathsome figures in the thoroughly loathsome political ranks of Obama's Justice Department" — a man who "doesn’t even seem to be a very good lawyer at all."
Others have been critical not only of Perez's work, but his character, too. They argue that Perez is a partisan hack whose efforts at the DOJ reveal a radical agenda and a racial bias against whites.
Michelle Malkin similarly warned that Perez has had an "extremist left-wing 'social justice' career." But she went further into Perez's past to justify that argument, pointing to Perez's volunteer work with Casa de Maryland, an immigration amnesty group that received funding from two familiar conservative bogeymen: billionaire George Soros, and deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. - The Week via Yahoo News
The office of the Secretary of Labor is a vastly important conduit between the government, workers, and employers. Labor laws are written to ensure favorable and equitable conditions in work environments, and any sign of bias for an ethnic group, or for one side over another, can lead to serious financial repercussions for either employees, or a company.
Just as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was heavily scrutinized during her nomination for her ties to La Raza, a Hispanic organization which promotes the return of American land to the Mexican people, Congress is expected to challenge Perez on the entire body of his work, affiliations, and potential to be fair and equitable to all citizens should he succeed to the position of Labor Secretary.
America has a long history of contentious events between labor, and the companies who hire them, and has seen a pendulum struggle where each side has occasionally risen to dominate the other over the course of time. The Labor Secretary position of one of extreme importance, protecting labor and unions from un-equitable practices by business and corporations, while at the same time, helping to promote the economy through its reporting of unemployment statistics and other economic factors. And for the potential nominee Thomas Perez, his history of racial bias against whites in the DOJ does little to help his nomination chances should he come before Congress for acceptance.