From the Los Angeles Times:
The troubled nomination of Southern California fast-food executive Andy Puzder to become President Trump’s Labor secretary collapsed Wednesday amid growing Republican opposition.
Puzder, chief executive of Carpinteria-based CKE Restaurants Inc., the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains, abruptly withdrew just a day before he was to face a Senate confirmation hearing.
He had faced aggressive attacks in recent weeks by Democrats, unions, workers’ rights advocates and fast-food employees over labor law violations at his company’s restaurants and his opposition to a significant increase in the federal minimum wage.
But his decision to pull out was triggered by concerns from a growing number of Senate Republicans about decades-old allegations of spousal abuse and an admission that he had employed a housekeeper who was in the U.S. illegally.