Nominee for Labor Secretary and fast food mogul Andrew Puzder is withdrawing his name from consideration. This withdrawal comes after weeks of scrutiny on the 66-year old businessman, especially on his past and business practices. Days ahead of a Senate hearing that would have put him under even greater heat, Puzder opted to drop from the race altogether.
“After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” Puzder wrote. “I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity.”
The Right Man For the Job?
Andrew Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of fast food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. He’s held that position since 2000. Puzder was specifically handpicked as Trump’s nominee for the Secretary of Labor.
His nomination, however, quickly drew a plenty of criticism. Former workers argued that Puzder’s restaurants offered less than ideal working conditions and wages.
Darin Brooks, a Hardee’s worker, said that “if (Trump) sides with fast food CEO’s instead of fast food workers, he’d be on the wrong side of history”. New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman went as far as to say that Puzder had stolen from low-wage workers, and called the appointment “cruel and baffling”.
The Department of Labor seeks to “prepare the American workforce with new and better jobs, and ensure the adequacy of America’s workplaces”.
Instead, Puzder has previously spoken about replacing human workers with robots. Sure, the “big corporation man stepping on the little people” image. But he’s also been plagued by past allegations of abuse to his former wife (though the allegations have been retracted since). With the heat turned up, Puzder has opted to stay out of the proverbial kitchen.
I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor. I'm honored to have been considered and am grateful to all who have supported me.
— Andy Puzder (@AndyPuzder) February 15, 2017
Republicans Fighting Republicans
It isn’t just Liberal public opinion that Trump’s administration is facing, however. Even a number of Republican senators disapproved the choice of Andrew Puzder, according to The Guardian. These include: Susan Collins of Maine; Johnny Isakson of Georgia; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; and Tim Scott of South Carolina.
Trump’s administration faces the challenge of keeping people aboard in the face of public backlash as well. Puzder’s withdrawal is only one case of his people being shouted down. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has also resigned due to controversy; Uber CEO Travis Kalanick departed from Trump’s economic council after liberals threatened to mobilize a mass boycott against Uber.
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