Andrew Puzder Withdraws from Cabinet Nomination Prior to Senate Vote
Andrew Puzder officially withdrew from his nomination as Secretary of Labor Wednesday afternoon. He is the CEO of the company that owns Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., and has a personal history involving domestic abuse charges, paying undocumented employees in cash, and fighting against the minimum wage, all of which made senators nervous about the prospect of him acting as Secretary of Labor. Puzder was facing opposition from the majority of the Democratic senators and as many as twelve Republicans. While he is not the first of President Trump’s cabinet members to resign, he is the first to step down before the Senate holds an official vote. President Trump’s new pick for Secretary is Alexander Acosta, who will potentially be the first Hispanic member of the Cabinet.