from the Family Research Council
Change Watch: Perrelli Edition
In some of his final Cabinet selections, President-elect Barack Obama dipped into the well of recycled Clinton appointees to help round out his Department of Justice leadership team. Pending their confirmations, four of the top DOJ posts will be filled by attorneys that served the last Democratic president. How's that for "change"? One of those nominees, Thomas Perrelli, is best known as the right-to-kill lawyer who represented Terri Schiavo's husband pro-bono in his suit to euthanize his wife. In a leadership position for the Justice Deparment, Perrelli's anti-life stance could be devastating. As the third in command, he is certain to play a key role in a number of cases, some of which could include end-of-life issues. In an interview with the Washington Times, FRC's Tom McClusky outlined how Perrelli's appointment as associate attorney general was "detrimental" to the pro-life movement. In the media world, however, Perrelli seems to have at least one staunch ally. Wild liberal Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC's "Countdown," highlighted Tom's quote on yesterday's show and named him "the worst person in the world" for criticizing Perrelli's nomination.
In my opinion, if you're on Olbermann's hit list, then you must be doing something right. For a balanced take on Perrelli's background, stop by www.frcblog.com for the latest in our "Change Watch" series. On Friday, check back for analysis on Education Secretary-designate Arne Duncan.