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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:39 PM

Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella under scrutiny for work with disgraced lobbyist

Source: cnbc.com


Published 4 hours ago Updated 24 min ago





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Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will take the helm of the department following the resignation Friday of Alex Acosta, who faced scrutiny over his role in prosecuting alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago.

But Pizzella, currently deputy Labor secretary, has his own controversial past that will likely come to the fore. Democratic senators and civil rights groups have expressed concern about Pizzella’s prior work with disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in the late 1990s and early 2000s to hamper worker protections in the Northern Mariana Islands.

When Pizzella worked on Abramoff’s team at Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds, the lobbying firm was pushing to prevent Congress from imposing minimum wage laws on the Northern Mariana Islands. At the time, there were “maximum” wage restrictions on the islands of $3.05 per hour for foreign workers, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting..............................


“I have no idea what that’s about,” said Steven Groves, a White House deputy press secretary....................

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/12/acosta-replacement-pizzella-faces-scrutiny-for-work-with-jack-abramoff.html



Another Trump flunkie!!



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Reply Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella under scrutiny for work with disgraced lobbyist (Original post)
riversedge Friday OP
Dennis Donovan Friday #1
George II Friday #2
subterranean Friday #4
Doitnow Friday #7
not fooled Friday #3
Ohiogal Friday #5
murielm99 Friday #6
poli-junkie Friday #8
lanlady Friday #9
lordsummerisle Friday #10
Eugene Friday #11
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Friday #12

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:53 PM

1. Abramoff!

The gift that keeps on giving.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:54 PM

2. Does trump scour the backgrounds of potential appointees to find the scummiest, dirtiest possible?

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Response to George II (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 04:11 PM

4. I think he has his staff give him a list of candidates.

Then he picks the scummiest, dirtiest one from that list. Preferably one who actively opposes the mission of the department they'd be leading.

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Response to George II (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 04:46 PM

7. Just slime attracting slime!! What else would tRump be associated with?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 04:00 PM

3. Acosta had to go

but scum mulvaney et. al were unhappy with him anyway because he wasn't deregulatin' fast enough for their taste, i.e. wasn't screwing workers completely, ASAP. So, now they have their chance to replace him with a full-on koch tool who will hurt workers including all of the morans who support their idol red don.


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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 04:23 PM

5. Yeesh!

Cannot he find ONE person who is honorable with no skeletons in their closet?

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 04:42 PM

6. No. Because

then they would have no leverage with that person.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:04 PM

8. Abramoff & Tom Delay were involved in

that Northern Marianas Islands report of forced abortions of the laborers. Anyone remember that expose that went nowhere?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:09 PM

9. Pizzella was my government boss at the Labor Dept under Bush

He was CIO, and I worked as a contractor in information security, so my team met with him in his office now and then. This was when Elaine Chao was Secretary of Labor.

He lived in a complete right-wing cocoon. In his office he always had the TV switched on to Fox and a big round coffee table which had about one week's worth of the Washington Times fanned out across the top at all times. He talked like an entitled asshole.

As far as anyone could tell, he hardly did a lick of work. I think he left the post after news came out about his links to Jack Abramoff.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:39 PM

10. As Mike Malloy would say

it never stops...

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 07:02 PM

11. "only the best people"

In any other situation, this person would be considered radioactive. But in the Trump Gang, he's a perfect fit, unprincipled and dead set on defeating his agency's mission.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 07:37 PM

12. Trump seems to love human traffickers

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