Puzder to Back Out of Labor Secretary Nomination

Mathew BarnettFeb 16, 2017

As Salon's Matthew Rozsa reported, it became apparent his nomination was in peril Wednesday when four Republican senators announced they would not vote to confirm Puzder.

Andrew Puzder is expected to withdraw as President Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee as controversy deepens over his personal life and private sector background, according to people familiar with the process.

"While I won't be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team", he said in the statement. And now, a mere two days after Trump's national security advisor Michael Flynn resigned following allegations of Russian involvement, Trump's Labor secretary nominee is facing his own tough battle. She went on the Oprah show to talk about that abuse allegation, which she has since retracted, and CNN reported that legislators had been shown that footage.

"The most frightening thing was leaving, because once I made that break and once I made it public, and remember my ex-husband was a public figure and everyone knew him and knew what he was doing, and once I made that public, he vowed revenge", alleged Fierstein.

Lisa Fierstein, who was married to Puzder from 1973 to 1987, appeared on a segment about "High-Class Battered Women" and said he physically abused her.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fast food CEO Andrew Puzder's nomination to be President Donald Trump's secretary of labor appears to be in serious trouble.

Puzder also opposed wages in minimum wage, which was a rallying point for many who protested his nomination. Supporters of Puzder are launching a campaign to defend him after months of criticism from Democrats and labor groups. Most of the senators had indicated they don't typically comment with their vote ahead of hearings, though most Republicans had fallen in line with the president's other nominations. He also expressed opposition to Trump's immigration positions in 2015, angering immigration hawks.

Leading activists admitted on the call that all of the complaints have been filed against individual franchises, not CKE restaurants. In a statement, Puzder said that he ended her employment after he learned of her immigration status, and that he "offered her assistance in getting legal status", which she reportedly declined.

The news of Puzder's withdrawal comes amid reports that a number of Republicans meant to vote against him.

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