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Labor Secretary Choice Eugene Scalia Has Conservative Record

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Friday, 19 July 2019 06:11 AM Current | Bio | Archive

If confirmed to succeed resigned Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, Eugene Scalia, 55, will become the first son of a Supreme Court Justice to hold a Cabinet position since Ramsey Clark (son of then-Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark) became U.S. attorney general in 1967.

But in nominating Scalia, 55 and one of nine children of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, President Trump has found someone who has his own career of conservatism and is not simply the son of a conservative hero.

The younger Scalia worked in the Reagan Administration as a speechwriter to Secretary of Education William J. Bennett. 

After graduating the University of Chicago Law School, Scalia served as a special assistant to William P. Barr during his first stint as U.S. attorney general (1990-1992, under George H.W. Bush).

(Scalia also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Trump’s alma mater, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania).

In what could be called a "dress rehearsal" for what are sure to be stormy confirmation hearings before the Senate, Scalia was pilloiried by Senate Democrats when President George W. Bush tapped him as solicitor of labor — which oversees 425 lawyers nationwide and thus makes it the largest legal office in the U.S. government outside the Department of Justice.

Democrats specifically attacked Scalia’s writings as a private attorney in which he criticized ergonomics.

Scalia eventually assumed the solicitor’s position after President Bush gave him a recess appointment in 2001.

Sources told Newsmax that the nominee has a very close relationship with present Acting Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella. The two worked closely together under Secretary Bennett in the Reagan Administration and Pizzella reportedly helped convince Scalia to take the position as solicitor.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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