Andrew Puzder withdraws as Trump's labor secretary nominee

Late Feb. 15, news broke that Andy Puzder, Donald Trump's pick for secretary of labor, had withdrawn his name from consideration, just one day before his oft-postponed confirmation hearing was to take place.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on Thursday offered praise for Alexander Acosta shortly after Trump announced his nomination.

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

Acosta, the dean of Florida International University Law School, is a Harvard-trained lawyer who has served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and as US attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Now the dean of Florida International University (FIU) College of Law, Acosta is a graduate of Harvard Law School who went on to serve as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito, now a justice on the Supreme Court. While majority Republicans until this week had succeeded in confirming every nominee who came for a final vote, Puzder fell to a relentless series of attacks from Democrats, labor and other groups who opposed him on ideological and personal grounds.

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Puzder, Trump's first pick withdrew after struggling to gain traction for his nomination.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available. And in recent days, a domestic abuse accusation threw Puzder's nomination into turmoil.

Four GOP senators have expressed reservations about Puzder's nomination, and no Dems are expected to give him a nod, the political web site reports. His family also employed an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, though Puzder said he was unaware she was in the country illegally.

Unlike Andrew, an anti-abortion lawyer turned CEO of the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr.'s, Alexander has experience for the job of Labor Secretary.

Puzder has denied those allegations, and in a letter sent to senators in January, Fierstein said she "regretted" the statements she made to Winfrey about her marriage with Puzder decades ago.

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