Tom Perez: Liar, Extremist, Ethically Challenged

- December 14, 2016

Left-Wing Radical Perez Would Put The DNC Even Further Out Of Touch With Average Americans


  • Tomorrow, Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez will announce he is seeking the DNC chairmanship.
  • Perez lied about his family history in order to further a political narrative of public service. His grandfather, who he says spoke out about the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, actually represented and defended the tyrant in Washington for five years before eventually heading into exile.
  • Perez would take the DNC even further to the left-wing fringes.
  • Perez is a radical on immigration, having prosecuted Border Patrol agents and served on the board of a radical group to help Central American illegal immigrants.
  • Perez is a radical on racial issues, having used disparate impact theory to assess civil rights and discrimination cases. Perez also dropped the DOJ case against the Black Panther Party for voter intimidation because he doesn't believe that civil rights laws can be race neutral.
  • Perez used his private e-mail 1,200 times to conduct official business - taking a lesson from his party's failed presidential nominee.


Perez Touts His Grandfather As An Inspiration For Speaking Out Against The Dominican Dictator Rafael Trujillo When He Was The Country's Ambassador To Washington

Perez Says "My Grandfather…Got Kicked Out, And He Was On The Right Side Of History." TOM PEREZ: "My grandfather - when Trujillo, the horrible dictator in the Dominican Republic, ordered the massacre of 20,000 Haitians - and the answer was he spoke up against it, he spoke out against it, he got kicked out, and he was on the right side of history. And I am so proud of my grandfather for doing it, even though it was against so many forces in place." (Tom Perez, Remarks, NALEO Conference In Washington, DC, 6/23/16)

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Perez Touts In His Official Bio That "Public Service Was The Family Business" And That His Grandfather "Was The Ambassador To The United States From The Dominican Republic In The 1930s, Until He Spoke Out Against His Country's Brutal Dictator And Was Declared Non Grata." "The son of Dominican immigrants, Secretary Perez was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Public service was the family business. Perez's maternal grandfather was the ambassador to the United States from the Dominican Republic in the 1930s, until he spoke out against his home country's brutal dictator and was declared non grata. Perez's father, a physician, served in the U.S. Army and worked for many years at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Buffalo." (Office Of The Secretary: Secretary Of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Department Of Labor, Accessed 6/10/16)

Perez Has Suggested That His Activism Comes Naturally Because His Grandfather "Was Unable To Justify" Trujillo's Massacre Of 20,000 Haitians In 1937, And Perez Says "He Spoke His Mind About It" And That "It Was The End Of His Tenure." "Perez comes by his activism naturally. His maternal grandfather, a diplomat, was the Dominican Republic's ambassador to the United States in the late 1930s when Dominican dictator Rafael Leóidas Trujillo ordered the massacre of 20,000 black Haitians in 1937. 'He was unable to justify that, and he spoke his mind about it,' Perez said of his grandfather. 'It was the end of his tenure.'" (Ernesto Londoño, "Perez Says He'd Make His Job A Bully Pulpit," The Washington Post, 8/23/06)

Perez's Grandfather Was Ambassador Rafael Brache. "Perez, 43, grew up in Buffalo in the 1960s and '70s, the youngest of five brothers and sisters. His maternal grandfather, Rafael Brache, was the Dominican Republic's ambassador to the United States in the early years of Rafael Trujillo's dictatorship. After Brache spoke out against the regime in 1935, the ambassador was declared persona non grata by his own government. He chose to stay in the United States."(Cameron W. Barr, "Council Chief Builds A Base In The New Montgomery," The Washington Post, 4/3/05)

"Perez Rarely, If Ever, Mentions That Mr. Brache Was One Of The Dictator's Champions During At Least The First Five Years Of His Repressive Three-Decade Regime." "Archival records offer a more complicated picture of Mr. Perez's maternal grandfather, Rafael Brache. In his comments, Mr. Perez rarely, if ever, mentions that Mr. Brache was one of the dictator's champions during at least the first five years of his repressive three-decade regime, a fact documented in dozens of cables, letters and memos in public archives in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic." (James Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Labor Secretary Tom Perez's Grandfather Served Dominican Dictator," The Wall Street Journal, 7/19/16)

Contrary To Perez's Own Congressional Testimony, Brache Left The Dominican Republic Two Years Prior To The Massacre Of Haitians. "In addition, Mr. Perez testified in 2013 at his Senate confirmation hearing that his grandfather "was declared 'non grata' for speaking out against the dictator following the brutal massacre of thousands of Haitians" in 1937. But in fact, Mr. Brache had left the Dominican Republic about two years earlier, according to State Department memos and media accounts at the time." (James Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Labor Secretary Tom Perez's Grandfather Served Dominican Dictator," The Wall Street Journal, 7/19/16)

"Mr. Brache Defended Trujillo's Regime And Tried, Unsuccessfully, To Arrange A Meeting Between Trujillo And President Franklin Roosevelt. As Late As 1935, By Which Time Political Assassinations And Press Suppression Had Become Widely Publicized, Mr. Brache Expressed 'Great Optimism' About Trujillo." "Mr. Brache defended Trujillo's regime and tried, unsuccessfully, to arrange a meeting between Trujillo and President Franklin Roosevelt. As late as 1935, by which time political assassinations and press suppression had become widely publicized, Mr. Brache expressed 'great optimism' about Trujillo, according to a State Department memo." (James Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Labor Secretary Tom Perez's Grandfather Served Dominican Dictator," The Wall Street Journal, 7/19/16)

"State Department Files Include A Memo In 1931 From A U.S. Diplomat In The Dominican Republic Who Described A Conversation With A Friend Of Trujillo's Who Said Mr. Brache Was 'Sticking To Trujillo Like A Leech, To The Latter's Evident Displeasure.'" "Memos show some difficulties between Mr. Brache and Trujillo, who came to power after a revolution in 1930 and ruled until his assassination in 1961. State Department files include a memo in 1931 from a U.S. diplomat in the Dominican Republic who described a conversation with a friend of Trujillo's who said Mr. Brache was 'sticking to Trujillo like a leech, to the latter's evident displeasure.'" (James Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Labor Secretary Tom Perez's Grandfather Served Dominican Dictator," The Wall Street Journal, 7/19/16)

In 1934, "Brache Called Trujillo's Regime A 'Model Government, The Best The [Dominican] Republic Has Had." "Mr. Brache also met frequently with Angel Morales, an outspoken opposition leader. The meetings are recounted in letters Mr. Morales wrote to a top State Department official in the Roosevelt administration and found in the General Archives of the Dominican Republic. By Mr. Morales's account, Mr. Brache repeatedly attempted to win support for and loyalty to Trujillo from Mr. Morales. In November, 1934, Mr. Brache tried to win his 'collaboration with the Trujillo government,' Mr. Morales said in the letters. Mr. Morales said Mr. Brache called Trujillo's regime a 'model government, the best the [Dominican] Republic has had.'" (James Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Labor Secretary Tom Perez's Grandfather Served Dominican Dictator," The Wall Street Journal, 7/19/16)


Perez "Is Among The Most Liberal Members Of President Barack Obama's Administration." "Perez, a Buffalo native who attended Harvard Law School and now lives in Takoma Park, is among the most liberal members of President Barack Obama's administration. Republican senators who had accused him of being overly political at the Justice Department opposed his confirmation as labor secretary. Business groups are wary of the scope of new rules and regulations he has ushered in. 'He has pushed an ideological agenda that's hurt workers and employers,' said Heather Greenaway of the conservative Workforce Fairness Institute in Washington. 'It's almost like he was the fox guarding the henhouse, and now he could be in charge of the whole farm.'" (John Fritze, "Obama Official Tom Perez At Center Of Vice Presidential Talk," The Baltimore Sun, 6/21/16)

"Although He Prefers The Term 'Progressive,' Perez Is About As Liberal As Democrats Get." "Although he prefers the term 'progressive,' Perez is about as liberal as Democrats get. He spent much of the 1990s working for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and as a senior official in the Department of Health and Human Services under Clinton-appointee Donna E. Shalala." (Cameron Barr, "Council Chief Builds A Base In The New Montgomery," The Washington Post, 4/3/05)

  • "Perez's Father Was A Democrat Unimpressed By Centrists: 'A Rockefeller Republican Is Still A Republican,' He Used To Say." (Cameron Barr, "Council Chief Builds A Base In The New Montgomery," The Washington Post, 4/3/05)

Perez Is Born And Bred A Radical Liberal Who Uses Elected Office As A Bully Pulpit

When Perez Ran For Maryland Attorney General In 2006, Perez Said He Wanted To Use The Office As A "Bully Pulpit." "So, how exactly does this 'kind of bald guy' from Montgomery County expect to become the next attorney general of Maryland? Tom Perez posed the question one recent evening to a couple dozen people gathered at a waterfront house in one of Maryland's decidedly red counties. The Talbot County residents sipped wine and ate cheesecake as Perez presented his vision for the office he describes as the state's ethical compass. 'You need someone who is willing to crack a few eggs,' said Perez, 44, telling the Eastern Shore crowd that the top law enforcement official in the state should do much more than handle appeals and litigate on behalf of state agencies. The office, Perez said, should be a bully pulpit to, among other things, expand access to health care, increase oversight on development, deter polluters and fight gangs." (Ernesto Londoño, "Perez Says He'd Make His Job A Bully Pulpit," The Washington Post, 8/23/06)

"Of All The Transformations That Have Taken Place In The Obama Administration, Perhaps None Is So Radical As That Within The Civil Rights Division. Under Perez, It Is Bigger, Richer And More Aggressive Than Ever, With A Far More Expansive View Of Its Authority Than At Any Time In Recent History." "Of all the transformations that have taken place in the Obama administration, perhaps none is so radical as that within the Civil Rights Division. Under Perez, it is bigger, richer and more aggressive than ever, with a far more expansive view of its authority than at any time in recent history. Perez is playing a leading role in the Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona's new immigration law. He is promising a huge increase in prosecution of alleged hate crimes. He vows to use "disparate impact theory" to pursue discrimination cases where there is no intent to discriminate but a difference in results, such as in test scores or mortgage lending, that Perez wants to change." (Byron York, "Obama's Zealous Civil Rights Enforcer Gets Busy," The Washington Examiner, 8/6/10)

Perez Now Uses His Department Of Labor As A "Bully Pulpit" To Go After Companies That Try To Save Money By Opting Out Of Workers' Comp. "U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says his agency will use its 'bully pulpit' to strike at what he calls 'a disturbing trend' that leaves workers without medical care and wage replacement payments when they are injured on the job. In an interview with NPR, Perez also confirms a Labor Department investigation of an opt-out alternative to state-regulated workers' compensation that has saved employers millions of dollars but that he says is 'undermining that basic bargain' for American workers." (Howard Berkes, "Labor Secretary Calls Workers' Comp Opt-Out Plans A 'Pathway To Poverty,'" NPR , 3/25/16)

"Perez Has Moved Aggressively On The Regulatory Front Since Taking Over As The Department Of Labor's Chief In 2013." "Perez has moved aggressively on the regulatory front since taking over as the Department of Labor's chief in 2013, expanding overtime pay to some 4 million Americans, requiring that employers disclose actions taken to counter union organizing efforts and pushing a rule not yet completed that would force federal contractors to disclose labor law violations. Those actions have endeared Perez to the left, stirring talk that he could be an effective running mate for Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee." (Lydia Wheeler, "Talk Of Labor Chief As VP Riles Industry," The Hill, 6/21/16)

  • "Iain Murray, The Competitive Enterprise Institute's Vice President Of Strategy, Calls Perez 'Possibly The Most Dangerous Person In The Administration Right Now … His Rewriting Of U.S. Labor Law Is Probably The Most Fundamental Attack On The Free-Enterprise System Going On At Present." "Iain Murray, the Competitive Enterprise Institute's vice president of strategy, calls Perez 'possibly the most dangerous person in the administration right now.' 'His rewriting of U.S. labor law is probably the most fundamental attack on the free-enterprise system going on at present,' Murray says. 'If he has his way, we won't just revert to the 1930s. We'll do things that even Franklin Roosevelt couldn't do, like eliminate vast numbers of independent-contractor jobs and unionize those that remain.'" (Jim Geraghty, "Tom Perez: The Leftist Radical Who Could Be Hillary Clinton's Running Mate," National Review, 6/2/16)

Perez Is Radical On Immigration

In 1992, A Border Patrol Agent Who Shot An Illegal Immigrant He Thought Was Preparing To Shoot At Him Was Tried In Court For Allegedly Violating The "Civil Rights" Of The Mexican National. "A former Border Patrol agent thought a Mexican national was preparing to shoot at him when he made the snap decision to fire first and kill the other man, an attorney argued in the ex-agent's civil rights trial. Michael Elmer, 30, had forgotten his bullet-proof vest that day and had been told there were a large number of possibly armed drug smugglers in the area, defense attorney Michael Piccarreta said Tuesday during opening statements in U.S. District Court. Elmer is accused of violating the civil rights of Dario Miranda Valenzuela, of Nogales, Mexico, whom Elmer has admitted shooting in the back on June 12, 1992 near Nogales, Ariz. He is also accused of violating the civil rights of an unknown man who was with Miranda, by shooting at the man as he fled across the border. 'This is a tense confrontation between law enforcement and suspected drug smugglers in a known drug corridor,' Piccarreta said. 'This case is about Michael Elmer's decision to fire a weapon in a few seconds which will be dissected by the government over a few weeks." (Richard Ruelas, "Border Agent Trial Opens, " The Associated Press , 1/19/94)

Perez Was The Lead Prosecutor Against The Border Patrol Agent. "During his opening statement, prosecutor Tom Perez said Elmer has a history of firing warning shots at aliens along the border and disregarded the warnings of at least one other agent. 'This will be a case about a defendant who decided to act as the police, prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner all in one evening,' said Perez, an assistant U.S. attorney." (Richard Ruelas, "Border Agent Trial Opens, " The Associated Press , 1/19/94)

Perez Served On The Board Of Casa De Maryland, Which Was Founded To Help Central American Refugees. "Perez, a Takoma Park resident since 1995, had a record of community involvement that was more limited: He served on the board of Casa de Maryland, which was founded to help Central American refugees, but it was crucial in helping draw Latino voters. 'Nobody, nobody thought the Hispanic community could be mobilized to the extent it was,' Sternbach says." (Cameron Barr, "Council Chief Builds A Base In The New Montgomery," The Washington Post, 4/3/05)

  • Casa De Maryland Is Partially Funded With Public Money And Received Donations From Venezuela's Dictator Hugo Chavez. "The group is based in the state's Tacoma Park area and proudly advertises its day laborer centers-in Baltimore, Wheaton and Silver Spring-which are all partially funded with public money from counties and cities. A few years ago Casa de Maryland received a $1.5 million donation from Venezuela's ardent anti-U.S. leader, socialist Hugo Chavez, who is a close ally of State Department terrorist nations like Iran, North Korea and Cuba. The Chavez-controlled Citgo Petroleum Corp. made the donation to support illegal aliens in the U.S. and the connection between the South American strongman and a top DOJ appointee is more than unsettling." ("Casa De Maryland To Raise $10 Mil For Campaign To Defend DREAM Act," Judicial Watch, 12/29/11)

"As A Member And Then Chairman Of The Montgomery County Council, Perez Promoted Driver's Licenses And In-State Tuition Eligibility For Maryland Illegal Immigrants." "Long before Obama stepped into the Oval Office, Perez stood out as a Democratic lawmaker willing to ignore or contravene laws that impeded his agenda. As a member and then chairman of the Montgomery County Council, Perez promoted driver's licenses and in-state tuition eligibility for Maryland illegal immigrants." (Jim Geraghty, "Tom Perez: The Leftist Radical Who Could Be Hillary Clinton's Running Mate," National Review, 6/2/16)

Perez Is Radical On Race

"Mr. Perez Is A Champion Of Disparate-Impact Theory, Which Purports To Prove Racial Discrimination By Examining Statistics Rather Than Intent Or Specific Cases." "Mr. Perez is a champion of disparate-impact theory, which purports to prove racial discrimination by examining statistics rather than intent or specific cases. Soon after Mr. Perez assumed his job in October 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder established a unit under Mr. Perez to examine loans to minorities. The unit proceeded to threaten a series of lawsuits against banks under the 1968 Fair Housing Act." (Editorial, "The Talented Mr. Perez," The Wall Street Journal, 3/21/13)

"A Senior Justice Department Official, Mr. Perez, Intervened To Undermine Two Civil Complaints Against The City Of St. Paul In Order To Get St. Paul To Drop A Supreme Court Case That Might Have Blown Apart The Legal Rationale For His Dubious Discrimination Crusade Against Law-Abiding Businesses." "Congressmen Darrell Issa, Lamar Smith and Patrick McHenry, along with Senator Chuck Grassley, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, are investigating the St. Paul quid pro quo, and with good reason. To recap: A senior Justice Department official, Mr. Perez, intervened to undermine two civil complaints against the City of St. Paul in order to get St. Paul to drop a Supreme Court case that might have blown apart the legal rationale for his dubious discrimination crusade against law-abiding businesses." (Editorial, "The Talented Mr. Perez," The Wall Street Journal, 3/21/13)

"In 2002, St. Paul, Minnesota, Decided To Step Up Enforcement Of Its Housing Code For Rental Properties. In 2004 And 2005, Several Property Owners Sued St. Paul In Federal District Court, Alleging That The Enhanced Enforcement Effort Violated The Prohibition Of Racial Discrimination In The Fair Housing Act (FHA)." "The case had its origins more than a decade ago. In 2002, St. Paul, Minnesota, decided to step up enforcement of its housing code for rental properties. In 2004 and 2005, several property owners sued St. Paul in federal district court, alleging that the enhanced enforcement effort violated the prohibition of racial discrimination in the Fair Housing Act (FHA)." (Terry Eastland, "Thomas Perez Makes A Deal," The Weekly Standard, 5/27/13)

"Disparate Impact Targets Companies And Other Entities For Policies That Are Neutral And Nondiscriminatory In Their Intent But Have A Disproportionate Impact On People Of A Particular Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Or Religion." "Disparate impact targets companies and other entities for policies that are neutral and nondiscriminatory in their intent but have a disproportionate impact on people of a particular race, ethnicity, sex, or religion. For example, in a 1971 Supreme Court case, a power company was accused of discrimination because it required applicants to have a high school diploma. The policy adversely affected those lacking diplomas​-​vastly more blacks than whites." (Terry Eastland, "Thomas Perez Makes A Deal," The Weekly Standard, 5/27/13)

"Perez Has Called Disparate Impact 'The Linchpin' Of Civil Rights Enforcement. Disparate Impact Theory, However, Is Controversial, And The Reasons Are Evident. Disparate Impact Can Impose Liability For Policies Or Practices That Are Entirely Race-Neutral, Were Adopted Without Discriminatory Intent, And Are Applied Fairly. " "Perez has called disparate impact 'the linchpin' of civil rights enforcement. Disparate impact theory, however, is controversial, and the reasons are evident. Disparate impact can impose liability for policies or practices that are entirely race-neutral, were adopted without discriminatory intent, and are applied fairly. The results of a policy, delineated by race, are what matter most. And if the numbers are "wrong," then it falls to the defendant to prove that the policy or practice is necessary and that no other policy or practice with less-disparate impact can serve the defendant's needs. Of course, those seeking to avoid being sued in the first place have alternatives. They can preemptively weaken a race-neutral policy to the point where it ceases to produce disparate outcomes. Or they can maintain the policy or practice but adjust the results to get the numbers "right"​-​in effect, adopt a racial double standard." (Terry Eastland, "Thomas Perez Makes A Deal," The Weekly Standard, 5/27/13)

Perez Lied Under Oath About The Justice Department's Decision To Abandon Its Own Voter Intimidation Lawsuit Against The New Black Panther Party For Intimidating A Group Of White Voters Outside A Philadelphia Voting Station On Election Day 2008. "In November, 2010, Judicial Watch produced documents obtained from the Obama Department of Justice in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit directly contradicting sworn testimony by Perez before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that no political leadership was involved in the DOJ decision to abandon its own voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense. The Black Panther Party had been charged with threatening and intimidating white voters outside a Philadelphia polling station on Election day 2008. In July 2012, Judicial Watch obtained a ruling in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that Perez had, indeed, lied under oath about the involvement of "political leadership" in the DOJ decision. In the ruling, Judge Reggie B. Walton declared: 'The documents reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ's dismissal of claims in that case, which would appear to contradict Assistant Attorney General Perez's testimony that political leadership was not involved in that decision.'" (Press Release, "Judicial Watch Statement On The Nomination Of Thomas Perez As U.S. Secretary Of Labor," Judicial Watch , 3/22/13)

A DOJ IG Report Looking Into The Black Panthers Case Ascertained That Perez Does Not Believe In The Race Neutrality Of Certain Civil Rights Laws. "In light of Perez's views on nonapplicability of the Section 5 retrogressive effect prong to White voters, we asked him about his public statements about the Division's "race-neutral" enforcement of the voting rights laws. For example, during a hearing before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on May 14, 2010, Perez was asked: 'Do you agree that the voting rights laws should always be enforced in a race neutral manner?' Perez responded: 'Yes, sir.' Perez told us that he "should have been more precise" in his answer, and he explained that his general public remarks were intended to convey that the enforced the laws in an "even handed" manner, and should not be understood to apply to specific provisions, like Section 5, Section 203, and Section 4(e), that he believed are inherently incapable of being applied in a "race-neutral" fashion." ("A Review Of Operations Of The Voting Section Of The Civil Rights Division," U.S. Department Of Justice Office Of The Inspector General, March 2013)


As Assistant Attorney General For The Civil Rights Division, Tom Perez Used His Private E-Mail 1200 Times To Conduct Official Department Business. "Mr. Kadzik's letter suggests that you have used your personal, non-official e-mail account almost 1,200 times to conduct official Department business since you became the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division in October 2009. This recurrent use of your personal e-mail amounts to roughly one e-mail per day since you assumed the duties of Assistant Attorney General. Contrary to Mr. Kadzik's assertions, this large volume of personal, non-official e-mails indicates that you did not use your personal, non-official e-mail account in "limited circumstances" to perform your official duties. Instead, it appears that your use of your personal, non-official e-mail account to conduct official Department business has been frequent and routine." (Darrell Issa, Letter To Thomas E. Perez, House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, 4/18/13)

Perez Used His Private Email For Correspondence With Such Organizations As Planned Parenthood, The New York Times, And Talking Points Memo. "This review of a very narrow subset of responsive documents indicated that you used your personal, non-official account to conduct official Department business with at least twelve separate individuals from organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the New York Times, and Talking Points Memo. The fact that you have distributed your personal, non-official e-mail address to such a wide variety of professional contacts raises questions about your recognition of the importance of avoiding the use of your personal e-mail account to conduct official business." (Darrell Issa, Letter To Thomas E. Perez, House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, 4/18/13)

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