Board members Wasserman and Hoffman also targeted other perceived conservatives for ill treatment.
None of the bad behavior from Wasserman and Hoffman toward employees of a certain race, pregnancy status, or ideological perspective will surprise anyone who has worked in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Ongoing harassment of conservatives was detailed in the inspector general’s damning report issued this past spring. In the report, blacks were also targeted for harassment if they worked on cases like the New Black Panther voter intimidation lawsuit.
The events at PERB and at DOJ and the IRS demonstrate an entrenched hostility toward anything which is not part of leftist dogma — whether it is the Tea Party, Catholicism, parents who adopt and thus reduce the market for abortions, or simply following the laws as written.
Conservatives who are plunked down inside these agencies are like antibodies to the system. Upon arrival, these employees are attacked, maligned, and marginalized by the entrenched institutional interests. Those committing the bad behavior genuinely think they are doing nothing wrong. The ends of removing the antibody justify the illegal means of doing so.
These agencies also become hotbeds of open left-wing politics, as is happening at PERB. Board member Ann Hoffman made unashamed statements at PERB such as “the military is full of white supremacist groups.”
According to the letter, Wasserman gleefully endorsed to PERB employees Vice President Biden’s outrageous “remark to blacks regarding the Romney-Ryan ticket ‘They are all going to put y’all back in chains.’”
The irony of an organized labor leader like Wasserman commenting on bigotry against blacks was apparently lost.
Wasserman and Hoffman both reside in the District of Columbia and are appointed to PERB by the mayor of D.C. Both officials must file personal financial disclosure information forms, which are available to the public on request.
I spoke with a former supervisor of Ondray Harris from when he served in the Justice Department as an employment discrimination attorney, among other roles. The former supervisor of Ondray told me he is “one of the most levelheaded, hardworking and forthright lawyers” he had the pleasure of supervising.
Harris told me that the illegal behavior by Hoffman and Wasserman motivated his resignation.
The illegal behavior of Wasserman and Hoffman is squarely within the power of Congress to address. The District’s laws, and illegal behavior of public officials there, are ultimately under the control of Congress. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has jurisdiction, which isn’t good news for Wasserman and Hoffman, two rogues who don’t belong in a government, anywhere.