PRESS RELEASE: Former Obama Administration Official Chris Lu Endorses Moe Davis for Congress




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January 24, 2020




Chris Lu, who was U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017, has endorsed Moe Davis for Congress in the 11th District.

“I am proud to endorse Moe Davis for Congress,’’ Lu wrote. “He has the temperament, talent, and integrity that all too often seems to be lacking in Washington.”

Lu also served as White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to President Obama, was Executive Director of the Obama-Biden Transition Project and was Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Lu was Deputy Secretary of Labor from 2014 to 2017. Davis was a judge at the Department of Labor from 2015 to 2019 and served under Lu for two years.

“As a judge at the Department of Labor, Moe earned a reputation for treating employers and workers with respect,’’ Lu wrote. “Moe issued hundreds of labor-related decisions, ensuring that: coal miners who contracted black lung disease got the benefits they earned; whistleblowers who reported safety issues didn’t suffer retaliation; and workers got the wages they deserved.

“One of his final decisions involved hiring discrimination by Enterprise Rent-a-Car of Baltimore and resulted in the largest back wage award in the history of the Department of Labor’s government contract compliance program. The company was ordered to extend job offers to 182 minority applicants who had been wrongfully rejected, and the total economic impact of his decision is estimated at $16.3 million dollars. The Department of Labor issued a statement, saying: ‘The judge’s order stands for fairness in employment, and sends a clear message of the serious costs of hiring discrimination.’

“Just as Moe Davis fought for America’s workers at the Department of Labor, he will fight for the interests of North Carolina’s 11th District when he is elected to Congress.”

Davis, 61, grew up in Shelby, N.C. He attended Appalachian State in Boone and joined the Air Force in 1983, rising to Colonel in 2001 before retiring in 2008. He was Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay from 2005-2007, National Security Specialist for Congress and law professor at Howard University before becoming a judge with the Department of Labor.

“Chris Lu was an all-star on Barack Obama’s team from the time he was Senator Obama’s Chief of Staff, to President Obama’s Cabinet Secretary in the first term, to Deputy Secretary of Labor in President Obama’s second term,’’ Davis said. “I had the privilege to get to know him when I was a judge at the Department of Labor. There was a significant decline in morale when he and Secretary Tom Perez departed and a series of Trump appointees replaced them. I have tremendous respect for Chris Lu and to earn his endorsement in my bid to replace Mark Meadows in Congress is a real honor.”

You can learn more about Moe Davis at Follow Moe on Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis, on Facebook at @MoeDavisForCongress and on Instagram at @MoeDavisForCongress.



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