Tom Perez may have defeated Rep. Keith Ellison in the race to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee, but he chose Ellison as his deputy chairman.
Clarion Project (h/t Mike F) When he was the assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, he included Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups like CAIR and their allies in discussions about counter-terrorism training and investigations and laws punishing alleged “hate speech” against the religion of Islam. Muslim and non-Muslim critics of such Islamofascist groups were not a part of Perez’ outreach on these issues.
Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor responsible for locking up the “Blind Sheikh” behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, rightly pointed out at the time that the result of excluding the Islamofascist groups’ rivals is that officials like Perez “are making these radical groups into the representatives of Muslims in the United States.”
In 2012, Perez wouldn’t answer what should have been a very easy question posed by Rep. Trent Frank (R-AZ) while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution (below):
Then, as Secretary of Labor, Perez continued to give groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) a platform while excluding the other side. In May 2015, CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz was invited to take part in a roundtable with Perez about immigration and wage issues. CAIR-Florida Representative Wilfredo Amr Ruiz pictured with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez (below).
Keep in mind, Perez invited a group that FBI policy officially prohibits from being involved in outreach programs.
The good news is that enough Democrats took Ellison’s record seriously to stop him from becoming the DNC chairman, to the point that prominent Democrat Alan Dershowitz said he’d leave the party if Ellison won. However, Ellison is still the deputy chairman and Perez’s record leaves much to be desired.