Perez dou­bles down on 'heart­less' at­tack

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Tom How­ell Jr.

Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Tom Perez on Tues­day said he was re­fer­ring to GOP lead­er­ship, and not reg­u­lar vot­ers, when he told ac­tivists over the week­end that Repub­li­cans sim­ply don’t care about peo­ple.

But Mr. Perez re­fused to apol­o­gize for the re­marks, say­ing he grew up in Buf­falo, New York, where res­i­dents are “blunt peo­ple.”

Specif­i­cally, he faulted GOP lead­ers for of­fer­ing an Oba­macare re­peal bill that was es­ti­mated to leave 24 mil­lion fewer peo­ple with in­sur­ance a decade from now.

“I thought the Repub­li­can lead­er­ship was heart­less with how they dealt with the Af­ford­able Care Act,” Mr. Perez said.

Mr. Perez said he doesn’t re­gret any­thing ex­cept the “chaos and car­nage” of the first few months of Mr. Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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