Andrew Puzder to Withdraw
This morning Greg Sargent argued that Trump is looking like a very weak autocrat. After all, he has yet to sign a meaningful bill from Congress and is totally in disarray over Flynn.
While he was expected to eventually get everyone he wants in the cabinet it was a very much delayed process thanks to the Dems demanding answers and refusing to be his rubber stamp.
Now Andrew Pudzner-a fanatical opponent of paying workers decent wages and a man accused of beating his wife on Oprah-is going down in flames.
Earlier the National Review had called on the GOP to dump Puzder.
The infamously liberal National Review calls on the GOP to dump Puzder https://t.co/XmNQCNOxq3
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 15, 2017
Later we hear there were at least four firm GOP nos against Puzder-which is more than it takes.
EXCLUSIVE: Top Senate Rs have urged the WH to withdraw Puzder nomination. There are 4 firm no votes and up to 12, source says. Next on CNN
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 15, 2017
Now it seems to be official.
Andy Puzder is expected to withdraw from consideration for Labor Secretary as Republican Senate opposition to President Donald Trump‘s choice mounts.
“Resistance to the CKE Restaurants chief executive’s confirmation mounted in recent days as senators focused on decades-old domestic abuse allegations from his ex-wife. Puzder needed a majority of Senate votes to become Labor secretary, but reports in recent days indicated that at least four of the 52 GOP senators could vote against him.”
“Puzder’s hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions was set for Thursday.
CNBC could not immediately reach Puzder for comment.”
“But his ex-wife Lisa Fierstein’s abuse allegations, which she has since retracted, generated the most attention in the days before his committee hearing. Fiersten appeared Oprah Winfrey’s show in the 1990 detailing the accusations, and Winfrey provided the tape to the Senate committee before which Puzder was supposed to testify.”
“His confirmation process previously got delayed because he failed to submit required ethics and financial paperwork.”
Sounds like a win-win to me. He doesn’t have to file his paperwork and we can avoid an abusive scrooge in the Labor Department.
Maybe what appealed to Trump about him is he saw himself in him: Trump’s ex wife also accused Trump-under oath in Trump’s case-him of marital rape.
It may be that both women withdrew their accusations for similar reasons-they were threatened?
It also clearly didn’t hurt that Trump has been further embarrassed and implicated in this mess over Michael Flynn. No question this had something to do with emboldening those in Trump’s own party to defy him.
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