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

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

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

Andrew Puzder said he is withdrawing as President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary. President Donald Trump himself has said that "rolling back the overtime regulation is just one example of the many regulations that need to be addressed".

Democrats have argued that Puzder will not advocate for workers, citing his statements opposing minimum wage increase, alleged wage violations at his restaurants and his promotion of automation.

Photo of Alexander Acosta from Florida International University's Twitter. The double Harvard Acosta also served as a clerk to Justice Alito when Alito sat on the Third Circuit, where Acosta let down the judge by failing to understand sports.

Acosta, 48, would be the first Hispanic nominee put forth by Trump.

Joseph Guzman, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, and Catherine Templeton, former head of the SC labor department, were also potential candidates, Bloomberg reported, citing a White House official.

From 2002-2003, Acosta was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Labor Relations Board and served as an assistant attorney general under him.

Waning support among Republicans was due to several controversies reported in recent days, CNN and the Washington Post reported.

Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) were expected to oppose his confirmation in the 52-48-majority Senate.

Andrew's nomination was killed after he admitted to hiring an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, according to Slate, as the GOP viewed him weak on immigration.

Though Acosta signed hundreds of opinions at the NLRB, some of which are sure to draw scrutiny from progressives, those familiar with his work described a careful, cautious public servant whose career trajectory suggested he may someday vie for a federal judgeship. Earlier this week, Senators acknowledged that they viewed video from an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1990, where Fierstein anonymously described the abuse she faced.

Puzder has denied the allegations and his ex-wife has since retracted them.