Trump Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder Takes His Burger And Goes Home

Geneva Matthews
February 17, 2017

Miami native and law school dean R. Alexander Acosta has been chosen by President Donald Trump to lead the U.S. Department of Labor.

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

Andrew Puzder will stay on as CEO of his fast food company after withdrawing as President Donald Trump's choice for labor secretary.

Trump tapped Acosta, now dean of the Florida International University School of Law, after nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew following the release of footage in which his ex-wife accuses him of abuse during a 1990 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell informed the White House on Wednesday that he couldn't garner enough Republican votes to secure his confirmation.

Reports say Puzder's nomination lacked the Republican votes in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to confirm him in a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.

Acosta has served on the National Labor Relations Board and as a federal prosecutor in Florida.

"He has had a tremendous career", Trump said, noting he's been through Senate confirmation three times for past positions.

Puzder withdrew his nomination Wednesday after pressure from both Democrats and Republicans.

Like Trump's immigration ban, opposing Puzder's nomination was not a political issue, but a right/wrong issue. They also pointed to the fact that "Puzder employed an undocumented housekeeper for several years and failed to pay related taxes", a variable that is also believed to be behind the reluctance from many Republican senators.

Lisa Fierstein, who divorced Puzder in 1987, retracted claims she made made in the interview about eight months after the appearance, as part of a child custody agreement, Politico reports.

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