Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as President Donald Trump’s decision for labor secretary due to the increasing opposition from Senates focused primarily on Puzder’s past employment of an undocumented housekeeper.
From the nomination in December 2016, Puzder faced strong opposition from democrats, unions, and liberal groups. The attacks mostly focused on his business record and his character. But the Republicans had also grown tired of the doubts facing Puzder. This eventually led to senior GOP officials notifying the White House Wednesday that Puzder lacked a viable path for approval.
In the following afternoon, Puzder released a statement saying, “After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor”. So what happened in two months to have the nomination back out of the race?
There were many rumors about the candidate, along with records such as of those from his 1988 divorce. These records of divorce brought up again of past spousal abuse accusations made some Republican senators very uncomfortable. His ex-wife had dropped the accusations, but senators from both parties privately screened a videotape. This videotape showed Puzder’s wife as she laid out the charges in disguise.
Despite these acts, some people say that they would still vote for Puzder. An example would be Lamar Alexander, chairman of the HELP Committee, who speaks of how Puzder taking responsibility for the actions prove him to be a qualified and honorable member for the labor secretary position.
Alexander says, “I evaluate him and his whole life’s work, so I didn’t think that mistake should disqualify him from being a cabinet member.” The only mistake Alexander was talking about, however, was the case of the undocumented housekeeper. In the situation, Puzder admitted that he let her go as soon as he realized the housekeeper was undocumented.
President Trump is now looking for a new candidate and he was recently spotted around the eastern coast with some possibilities.
“If President Trump is remotely serious about standing up for workers, he will nominate someone for Labor Secretary that champions workers’ rights rather than suppresses them,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.
Searching for a new candidate for the position would show to be too soon to come up with a short list. Also, the president likes making personal connections but acknowledged there are some names floating at the moment.
Authorities hinted that Peter Kirsanow has already been in their orbit. He is a Cleveland attorney and a former member of the National Labor Relations Board and current member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
Kirsanow met President Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, in November.
Authorities would not fully confirm other names being publicly reported. When asked about rumors that Catherine Templeton and Joseph Guzman were among those being considered, an official would only tell NBC News, “You’re close.” If the new White House were a person, it would be someone with resting bitch face syndrome. That way, you never know anything about what they really think or know.
However, Templeton, former director of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation of South Carolina, visited Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 5. Guzman, assistant professor at Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, was seen at Trump Tower on Jan 3.
Looking at a wider scale, there is a question of the multiple resignations and withdrawing nominations in the last month. Puzder’s removal arrived only two days following the resignation of President Trump’s security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. In early February, Trump’s candidate for Army secretary Vincent Viola, the billionaire financier, also retired his name from consideration, stating he could not complicate his business relationships. And the U.S. secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, was approved only after Vice President Mike Pence called a tiebreaking vote.
What does this say for America? Is it to say that none of the nominations can stand for themselves? Is it to say that Pence and Trump are only hiring those who can follow them blindly?