Puzder withdraws from Trump’s nomination for Secretary of Labor

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The much opposed Andrew Puzder decided to withdraw his candidacy for Secretary of Labor. Puzder made this announcement on Twitter, on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 15, 2017; he becomes a select few in American history to withdraw.

Writing Twitter, Puzder announced, “I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor. I’m honored to have been considered and am grateful to all who have supported me. – Andy Puzder (@AndyPuzder) February 15, 2017.”

In his formal statement, Puzder explained, “After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor. I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity.”

The embattled nominee’s Senate confirmation hearing was rescheduled four times and was set to begin the next day. Puzder has no political experience and serves as CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food restaurants. There has been opposition to Puzder’s nomination from the start, to begin with, it had to do with the management of his company.

Afterward, it was embarrassing revelations regarding his personal life. Puzder in the past employed an undocumented immigrant, who worked in his house as a domestic and his wife had made a public accusation of domestic abuse on the Oprah Winfrey Show dating back to 1990, an allegation he has denied, and a charge his wife has withdrawn with a letter to the Senate.

Puzder tried to excuse the undocumented worker incident, writing a statement which indicated,
“My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S. When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status. We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California and submitted all required paperwork regarding her employment.”

Puzder joins a small few cabinet nominees, who have decided to withdraw their nominations. According to the Senate, only ten have officially filed paperwork to withdraw their nominations to the Senate. ABC News points out President Barack Obama had three nominees withdraw. Trump is at a disadvantage after a month of the presidency the Senate has only confirmed 12 of his 23 cabinet nominees.

Source: ABC News Radio Online


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