DPW: There are many others who are better candidates, including some very good Hispanic candidates to become Secretary of Labor e.g. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, the Lt. Governor of Colorado, Mr. Garcia, Former Attorney General of New Mexico, Patricia Madrid. etc. etc. As for AAG in the Civil Rights Division there is Tom Saenz, John Trasvina, etc. Perez needs to go. Now. It is not acceptable in this day and age for the number three in the Department of Justice to be engaged in discrimination. He needs to go.
JB: You were a whistleblower yourself [and sued the SEC for wrongful termination]. Does that fact play a role in your fervor about this case?
DPW: Yes. I have not even been paid by all of my clients. I took this case because it was the right thing to do. I took the case on a referral from a partner at a large law firm. He gave it to me, because even though he could have done a great job, he knew I would own the case. And I do. I own the case because I have walked in the shoes of my clients. I experienced what it was like to go up against the Administration.
DPW: I am the first to win against these guys. I am sure that played a role in me being hired. But I took it because these Department of Justice staff have been totally discriminated against. I do not represent malingerers or trouble makers. I teach at University of Maryland; so did Mr. Perez. I took this case because sometimes, you need to raise your hand, even when it is difficult to do so.
JB: Anything you'd like to add before we wrap this up?
DPW: I would ask those reading this interview to contact their Senator. This guy needs to not be confirmed. He also needs to go as AAG for Civil Rights Division. That is like saying Angelo Mozilo [former CEO of Countrywide, deeply involved in the subprime mortgage scandal] should be chairman of the FDIC. Thank you for talking with me about such an important issue of consequence for our country.
JB: Thanks so much for talking with me, David. Good luck with this!