Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder withdraws from consideration
Andrew Puzder, the chief executive of the fast-food chain CKE Restaurants, withdrew his nomination to be President Donald Trump’s labor secretary on Wednesday as opposition to his confirmation swelled in recent days.
“The simple truth is that given his relationship to employees at the companies he runs, he was not fit to lead a department responsible for defending workers’ rights,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a vocal opponent to Puzder’s nomination.
Puzder, who served as the owner of fast food restaurants such as Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., was intensely scrutinized following accusations that he had a history of mistreating his workers, opposing the minimum wage and supporting automation in the workplace. This was in addition to attacks on his personal life, including allegations that he abused his ex-wife in the 1980s.
Although liberals were the driving force behind the opposition to Puzder, concerns about his credentials were shared by many conservatives, including the editors of National Review and Breitbart News. Those outlets highlighted Puzder’s employment of an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper and his failure to pay taxes for her services.
The enormous opposition to Puzder’s nomination caused a number of Republicans to consider voting against Puzder at his confirmation hearing on Thursday morning.