Puzder likely won't be approved as labor secretary
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Feb 17, 2017,
Feb 17, 2017, 0:42
The President's first pick, fast-food exec Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination after it became clear he likely would not get enough support from the President's own party for approval.
Puzder, the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc, which primarily franchises fast-food chains including Hardee's and Carl's Jr, has been at the centre of a swirl of controversies, complaints and potential conflicts. They claim that they will need to assess Puzder's performance at a Senate hearing before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee before arriving at a decision.
Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) were expected to oppose his confirmation in the 52-48-majority Senate. And in recent days, a domestic abuse accusation threw Puzder's nomination into turmoil. If confirmed, Acosta will be the only Hispanic person in Trump's cabinet. Puzder has also failed to win the hearts of several Democrats.
Puzder, Trump's first pick withdrew after struggling to gain traction for his nomination. While I agree with his view on other labor issues, such as minimum wage, overtime, and joint employment, there must be someone else qualified who lacks Puzder's sexist baggage.
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The New York Times reported that the president was planning to ask Stephen A Feinberg, co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, a private investment firm, to conduct the review and stay on for a large role in the intelligence community.
The withdrawal comes on the heels of the resignation of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, earlier this week. He had also faced questioning over having previously employed an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D - MA), who has been one of Puzder's biggest critics in congress, took a victory lap on Twitter after the news of his withdrawal broke by saying he clearly couldn't "take the heat".
The efforts to block Puzder have reach new lows, with his ex-wife coming out to defend the him over reports of abuse.