|Andy Puzder (center) photo via Gage Skidmore|
President Trump’s nominee for Department of Labor Secretary will be pulling his name from consideration.
According to reports, there are four firm Republican “no” votes against nominee Andy Puzder, and possibly as many as twelve. With a Republican majority in the Senate of only 52, Puzder is clearly doomed.
From The Hill:
President Trump’s nominee to lead the Labor Department, Andy Puzder, is expected to withdraw his nomination, according to a number of reports Wednesday.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee was scheduled to consider his nomination in a hearing that had previously been delayed five times.
Puzder, the CEO of the fast-food conglomerate that owns the burger chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., has been under attack by Democrats and outside groups for weeks for admitting he hired an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper and allegations that he abused his ex-wife and treated employees poorly.
News: Source very close to Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder tells me he expects Puzder to withdraw. “He’s very tired of the abuse.”
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) February 15, 2017
Fox News has learned that President Trump’s pick for labor secretary, Andy Puzder, is expected to withdraw his nomination.
— David Goodman (@davidgoodmanFBN) February 15, 2017
NBC News: Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder is expected to withdraw, sources tell @PeterAlexander
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 15, 2017