Food CEO Andrew Puzder Withdraws as Labor Secretary Nominee

Posted February 17, 2017

A day after the dramatic defeat for one of his cabinet nominees, President Donald Trump named former USA attorney Alexander Acosta as his next pick for labor secretary.

Acosta, the dean of Florida International University Law School, is a Harvard-trained lawyer who has served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and as US attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Potential candidates include former National Labor Relations Board members Peter Kirsanow and R. Alexander Acosta, according to a Bloomberg report.

The president announced the nomination the day after his original pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew after it became clear he lacked enough Republican votes for Senate confirmation.

Andy Puzder, the controversial fast-food executive who dropped his bid to become US labor secretary on Wednesday, will return to his job running the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains. Multiple Republican senators also pulled their support. He is the first of President Donald Trump's nominees to not make it through the confirmation process.

Senate Democrats are expected to oppose Puzder's nomination.

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He said he offered her assistance in getting legal status and has paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California.

Puzder is chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc, which primarily franchises fast-food chains including Hardee's and Carl's Jr. Republican backlash soon followed due to Puzder's past employment of an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.

Last month Fierstein wrote to the leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee saying she had withdrawn those accusations.

Puzder released a statement shortly after his withdrawal.

Henning also appeared in disguise to discuss her experience in a 1990 Oprah episode about domestic violence.