President Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Labor, CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder - who withdrew his nomination for the position Wednesday - has previously said that, in some ways, robots made better employees than people.
Andrew Puzder, the fast-food executive President Trump chose to lead the labor department, has withdrawn from consideration a day before he was scheduled to appear before the Senate.
Republicans revolted against Puzder, CEO of the fast-food conglomerate CKE Holdings, amid two particularly high-profile scandals - a revelation that he'd hired an undocumented immigrant and failed to pay employer taxes, and an ugly divorce in which his ex-wife accused him of assaulting her.
Puzder needed at least 50 votes to assume the labor post, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the 51st and deciding vote. The vice president cast a historic tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos last week. On Wednesday, news broke that Winfrey would be releasing the tape of those accusations to members of Congress prior to Puzder's confirmation hearing.
"Perpetuating these retracted 30-year-old allegations and an impulsive decision to appear on a talk show is nothing more than a desperate attempt to tarnish Andy Puzder at the expense of Lisa and their family", said the spokesman, George Thompson in an email. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who chooses his words carefully, wouldn't say yes when asked Tuesday if he was still confident Puzder would be confirmed. "My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the US", Puzder said in a statement at the time. "I think it's very American".More news: Charles Oakley expected to be invited back to Madison Square Garden
Puzder opposes efforts to raise the minimum wage.
Puzder has become the latest target of liberal interest groups who have been unable to block other Trump nominees. However, Puzder's criticisms stemmed not only from the Democratic side of the aisle, but from fellow Republicans, with even a notable conservative online publication, The National Review, stating its opposition to the Trump nominee.
In a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, Winfrey's OWN network said it made approximately 20 episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show about domestic violence available to the HELP committee as part of its confidential investigation into a Cabinet nominee.
"There are concerns" over "the immigration issue", said Sen.