Trump's Labor Nominee, Andy Puzder, About To Withdraw

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Moving quickly to fill the void left after his first pick withdrew, President Trump on Thursday nominated law school dean and former federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta for labor secretary.

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. Acosta was the first Hispanic who held the rank of assistant attorney general.

US President Donald Trump's choice for labour secretary has withdrawn from consideration on the eve of a long-delayed confirmation hearing.

Acosta is a former USA attorney in Miami who served on the National Labor Relations Board in the Bush administration and headed the civil rights section in the Department of Justice.

Acosta, a native of Miami who graduated from Harvard Law School, became dean of the FIU law school in 2009, according to his bio on the college's website.

Joseph Guzman, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, and Catherine Templeton, former head of the SC labor department, were also potential candidates, Bloomberg reported, citing a White House official.

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"The Labor Secretary is not just another Cabinet member - his or her actions directly impact our wages, safety and rights on the job every single day".

Puzder, the chief executive for CKE Restaurants, said in a statement that he decided not to continue with the confirmation process.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, told CNN on Wednesday he knew of at least six Republicans "who are gravely concerned about this nomination" and are "considering voting against it". Puzder has denied the charges and Fierstein retracted her accounts in the months after the episode aired.

Acosta may have an easier time getting through a Senate confirmation hearing than fast food CEO Andrew Puzder.

Puzder has been dogged by previous accusations of domestic assault. They also pointed to the fact that "Puzder employed an undocumented housekeeper for several years and failed to pay related taxes", a variable that is also believed to be behind the reluctance from many Republican senators.