After weeks of mounting opposition, Andy Puzder on Feb. 15 withdrew his bid to become Secretary of Labor one day before his often-delayed U.S. Senate confirmation hearing.
The president nominated the head of the once-Caprinteria-based company that owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast-food chains. However, from the start Puzder faced an uphill battle with opposition from Democrats for his position on labor issues and because he employed an undocumented housekeeper.
“After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” Puzder said in a statement. “I am honored to have been considered … to lead the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters simply, “He withdrew,” referring to Puzder’s decision.
“No matter how you cut it, there is no worse pick for labor secretary than Andrew Puzder, and I’m encouraged my Republican colleagues are starting to agree,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. “He does not belong anywhere near the Labor Department, let alone at the head of it.”
Puzder moved his company, CKE Restaurants Inc., from the South Coast to Tennessee mainly because of his opposition to California’s new minimum wage law.