At CFIF, I detail secretary of labor nominee Thomas Perez’s long, sad record of hindering police and fire departments — and why it might put Mary Landrieu, in particular, in a bind. Landrieu, to her credit, is nothing if not a bulldog for the interests of her city and state. Her brother Mitch, the mayor of New Orleans, has a beef with Perez’s Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice:
What happened was that after Landrieu negotiated a $55 million payment by the city, DoJ separately negotiated another $17 million set of “reforms” with the Orleans Parish Sheriff – reforms which, through a quirk in state law, will also be the city’s financial responsibility. Now Mayor Landrieu is fuming, and specifically blaming Perez’ Civil Rights Division for holding “a gun to the city’s head”.
As I’ve explained numerous times before, Mayor Bloomberg of New York, obviously no conservative, is even more angry at the work of Perez’s division.
As I’ve said, this guy Perez is a radical’s radical.