Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump's Labor Secretary Pick, Just Withdrew His Nomination

Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump's Labor Secretary Pick, Just Withdrew His Nomination

Hispanic groups are praising the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be Labor secretary.

He also would mark the first Hispanic cabinet member in this administration, joining Ben Carson and Elaine Chao on "Team Diversity" for Trump.

Announcing a new labor nominee less than 24 hours after Puzder called it quits gave Trump an opportunity to shift the focus from Puzder's failed bid and instead blast Senate Democrats for holding up his other Cabinet picks.

Acosta served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, selected by the president in August 2003.

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Acosta is a former federal prosecutor in Florida and now the dean of the law school at Florida International University. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, informed the White House that Puzder did not have enough votes to be confirmed, The Washington Post reports.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Puzder is chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc, which primarily franchises fast-food chains including Hardee's and Carl's Jr. Lump said he'd like to see someone from his industry as Secretary of Labor.

At least a half-dozen Republican senators declined to support the fast-food CEO outright, saying they would wait to make a decision until after his hearing. They included five members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, which was scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for Puzder on February 16. His family also employed an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, though Puzder said he was unaware she was in the country illegally. Puzder denied the charges and Fierstein retracted her accounts in the months after the episode aired. Regardless of who Trump chooses to replace Puzder, it's unlikely the Justice Department will challenge the judge's ruling.

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