President Obama has yanked the nomination of DOJ official Leon Rodriguez to be the administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department. Rodriguez currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the infamous Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. The Division has engaged in a parade of career-threatening behavior such as dismissing the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers, objecting to Georgia citizenship verification voting laws, suing Arizona and Alabama over immigration laws and a wide assortment of outlandish and racially charged law enforcement.
Hans von Spakovsky penned this piece at Pajamas Media detailing the controversial Rodriguez and his role in the New Black Panther scandal:
What is even more damaging is Rodriguez’s violations of basic rules of professional conduct, including the possible involvement and assistance with the perjury of his boss, Thomas Perez. As a former county counsel in Maryland, Rodriguez is presumably licensed as an attorney in that state. Rule 3.3 of the Maryland Lawyer’s Rules of Professional Conduct (as well as the bar rules of all states) requires candor towards a tribunal, which includes not making false statements of fact or law, or failing to correct a false statement of material fact or law. Rodriguez did not testify before the Civil Rights Commission, but his boss Perez did, and the subsequent testimony of other witnesses strongly suggests that Perez knowingly lied in his testimony.