- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Wednesday that Democrats should filibuster President Trump’s next U.S. Supreme Court nominee if the candidate supports the “hard right.”

“If they support the hard right, absolutely,” Mr. Perez said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “If they’re going to continue to go to the hard right, I think you have to do that.”

Mr. Trump indicated Wednesday he’d be making his decision on his choice to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia next Thursday.

Mr. Perez, the labor secretary under former President Barack Obama, is also running to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

He said he’s a fan of data analytics, but that they’re no substitute for “good, old-fashioned organizing.”

“I think Howard Dean was right: We need a 50-state strategy, along with the territories, and when you do that, when you work with states to make sure we’re fielding candidates from school board to the Senate, that’s how you rebuild the Democratic party,” he said.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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