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Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump's Labor Secretary Pick, Just Withdrew His Nomination


President Donald Trump has tapped former U.S. Attorney for Miami, Alexander Acosta, to be the head of the Department of Labor.

Citing a senior GOP source, CNN reported that top Senate Republicans had been urging the White House to withdraw Puzder's nomination.

Puzder has denied he abused his wife.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D - MA), who has been one of Puzder's biggest critics in congress, took a victory lap on Twitter after the news of his withdrawal broke by saying he clearly couldn't "take the heat". "The nominee had a lot of idiosyncratic issues and a lot of opposition from Republicans".

Rumors of his withdrawal had swirled since early January, with his confirmation hearings long-delayed due to tardy financial disclosure forms.

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.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME, who was on the Senate commitee considering Puzder's nomination, told reporters on Monday that she was evaluating the domestic violence accusation.

The Independent notes that he would have needed 50 out of the 52 Republicans in the Senate to vote for him, but some Republicans do not stand on his side.

In a preview of Wednesday's episode of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert reflects on the straw that broke the camel's back for Puzder - and the powerful figure behind it all. Puzder has a history of opposing minimum wage increases and overtime pay-not to mention the unapologetic objectification of women in ads for his restaurants.

Having gone through multiple vettings by the U.S. Senate, it is also unlikely that there are surprises in his background that could derail a second Labor Department nomination.

Lisa Fierstein, who divorced Puzder in 1987, retracted claims she made made in the interview about eight months after the appearance, as part of a child custody agreement, Politico reports.