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Perez, Lyons join O'Malley team


Former Montgomery County Council member Tom Perez delivered a portion of his remarks in Spanish and touted the "value of inclusion" as he was introduced this morning by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) as the state's next secretary of labor, licensing and regulation.

Perez, who became the first Hispanic nominated by O'Malley, said his new post is "a critically important office for working families across this state" and pledged to promote workforce development and be responsive to the needs of both workers and businesses.

Perez, a civil rights lawyer and health advocate, ran for attorney general last year, but his bid was cut short by a court ruling that he was ineligible for the office.

O'Malley also nominated James E. Lyons Sr., president of California State University at Dominguez Hills, as his secretary of higher education. Lyons served as president of Maryland's Bowie State University from 1983 to 1992.

"I'm delighted to be back home in Maryland," Lyons said, sharing that he plans to buy a home in Prince George's County.

With the two picks, O'Malley has now nominated 10 Cabinet members -- about half of those he gets to appoint.

"With each new Cabinet secretary, our stress level goes down," O'Malley said.

By John Wagner  |  January 23, 2007; 11:58 AM ET
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Let's hope that Tom Perez is a better State Secretary of Labor than he was a Montgomery County Councilmember.

Posted by: One Who Knows | January 23, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Now there's a detailed and informative critique. Thanks, One Who Knows, for such a helpful post. How could anyone not be convinced by your powerful and thoughtful logic and reasoning?

Next time, try to do more than spout useless sound bites.

Posted by: Mark Phillips | January 23, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

One Who Knows, do you have any actual information to back up that statement or is that just your personal opinion?

Posted by: slm | January 24, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Perez is a former member of the Board of Directors of Casa of Maryland the radical advocacy group. Funny how that is never mentioned in his "credits." He also spearheaded for illegals to get voting rights in Takoma Park. O'Mally has set himself up with Perez as a liability on his staff. IMHO.

Posted by: cwd | January 24, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"He also spearheaded for illegals to get voting rights in Takoma Park."

Source for this assertion, please?

(See, I think people should stop making smears that have no basis in fact. Call me crazy.)

Posted by: Mark Phillips | January 25, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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