Puzder withdraws from nomination for Secretary of Labor

Andy Puzder

WASHINGTON (AP) – In statement, Andrew Puzder says he’s withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary.

The fast food CEO’s nomination to be President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor appeared to be in serious trouble Wednesday.

On the eve of Puzder’s long-delayed confirmation hearing, some Republicans said they’re concerned over his failure to pay taxes for five years on a former housekeeper who wasn’t authorized to work in the U.S.

One Republican senator said more than six GOP senators asked the White House to not go through with Puzder’s hearing Thursday because they don’t see themselves voting to confirm him. That would put the nomination in jeopardy, since Senate Republicans have a 52-48 majority and Democrats are solidly opposed.

He’s also been under fire for remarks on women and people who work for his restaurants.

Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., which operates Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr restaurants.

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