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Rubio: Perez Will Be a "Left-Wing, Extremist' Labor Secretary

By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Saturday, 20 Jul 2013 11:04 AM

Tom Perez has a record of pursuing an "activist, extremist, liberal agenda" and should not have been confirmed as labor secretary without more discussion, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday.

Rubio, in a video opinion piece with The Wall Street Journal's Mary Kissell, said he objected to Perez's confirmation for several reasons, including his past record and a current congressional subpoena Perez has not yet answered.

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"I objected to his record as an assistant attorney general," said Rubio. "It was not one of applying or enforcing the law, it was a record of someone pursuing an activist, extremist, liberal agenda."

For example, he pointed out a case in which Perez, as an assistant attorney general, brought charges against a sidewalk counselor who was in front of an abortion clinic.
"The case was so outrageous the judge reprimanded him for even bringing it," said Rubio.

But Perez' present behavior also has Rubio concerned.

"He has an outstanding subpoena from the House Oversight Committee, which he has basically ignored, to turn over 1,200 emails from his personal email account that he used to conduct business," Rubio pointed out.

These and other questions deserved some discussion, said Rubio. However, six Republican senators voted for cloture, or bringing the debate to a quick end, a move the Florida senator said should not have happened.

"I think it's unfortunate, in an effort to protect the filibuster, we did not protect our Constitutional obligations," said Rubio, pointing out that the constitution calls for a division of powers that Senators should protect.

"No matter how you feel, when someone who has an outstanding subpoena, there should at least be more debate," said Rubio, noting as a cabinet member, Perez will now be able to "successfully hide 1,200 emails of him conducting official business. I just think it's very tragic and unfortunate."

He said the House can still move to try to enforce the subpoena, "but the bottom line is, we now have a left-wing extremist running the Labor Department. I promise this won't be good for running the economy."

Rubio also commented on feedback he's receiving on the ongoing Obamacare debate, a measure he still wants to repeal."

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"Not just for small business owners, but for all business owners, the cost will be extensive," said Rubio. "But the real cost will be to the workers. People will lose coverage they are happy with, people are going to have to pay more than they're used to paying... people are going to lose their jobs, all because of this disastrous Obamacare law."

The law is "unimplementable," said Rubio, noting that he's "been very clear that anyone who votes for a short-term budget that pays for Obamacare is paying to fund a disaster."

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