Andy Puzder Withdraws as Labor Secretary Nominee
Just one day after citizen activists demonstrated in front of the offices of Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker in Nashville urging a “no” vote on Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, reports out of Washington indicate Puzder has withdrawn his name from consideration. This is a victory for those activists in Tennessee and across the country who have raised concerns about Puzder’s record.
Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains, faced fierce opposition mostly from Democrats in part related to his position on labor issues as well as the fact that he employed an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.But Republicans too had grown weary of the range of liabilities facing Puzder, and senior GOP officials informed the White House Tuesday night and Wednesday that Puzder lacked a viable path for confirmation.
Puzder’s withdrawal is welcome news for Tennessee families. His track record is one of depressing wages and opposing the right to organized. Workers in Tennessee and across our country deserve a Labor Secretary who will fight for them. Puzder was not that person. Our hope is that Senators Alexander and Corker push for a Labor Secretary who will put the needs of working families at the top of the agenda.
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