Will the Perez confirmation fight damage GOP standing with Hispanics?

Thomas Perez at a Senate committee hearing on his nomination to be Labor secretary.(EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS)

Thomas Perez at a Senate committee hearing on his nomination to be Labor secretary.(EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS)

President Obama’s nomination of assistant U.S. attorney general Thomas Perez to head the Labor Department has set off a prolonged political battle over the Cabinet pick’s confirmation.

An article on The Fix by reporter Juliet Eilperin examines whether Republican resistance will damage the party’s standing with Latinos.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), also an Hispanic, has come out against Perez, providing some level of cover for the GOP. But Latino groups strongly support the president’s choice, which represents the only Hispanic pick for his second-term Cabinet.

Key Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), have characterized Perez as someone who is too ideological to be fit for a Cabinet position.

Read more about this issue in Eilperin’s article.

 

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