Andy Puzder, Donald Trump's pick for the US Labour Secretary has withdrawn his candidature.
Republican senators were critical of Puzder after several allegations against him surfaced in the media. The allegations are regarding transgressions in Puzder's personal and professional life, while he was running fast-food chains Carl's Jr and Hardees.
Several Republican senators expressed concerns over Puzder's nomination.
Trump's Labour Secretary quits
What are the allegations against Puzder?
Puzder recently admitted to have employed an undocumented illegal immigrant as a former housekeeper, failing to pay taxes for five years.
Staff at Puzder's fast food chains have made allegations of wage theft and sexual harassment at the workplace. He also allegedly paid employees in cash to evade taxes.
His wife came on the Oprah Winfrey show, alleging that he was an abusive husband.
Racy commercials for fast-food
Puzder was criticized for featuring racy commercials to promote his fast food chains. In his defence, he stated "We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don't sell burgers."
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How did Republicans react?
Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott said "I developed serious concerns regarding his nomination," after hearing the allegations.
At least 7 Republican Senators have openly clarified that they refused to publicly support Puzder at his confirmation hearing.
Puzder withdraws, citing family
Anticipating opposition at his confirmation hearing, Puzder said, "After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor. I am honoured to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor."
Democrats cheer over the news
As news of Puzder's withdrawal came to light, Donna Brazile, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said the withdrawal was a "massive blow to President Trump's disastrous administration."
Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer also joined the chorus, saying that Puzder's withdrawal was "a victory for the American worker."
Bernie Sanders also expressed satisfaction that Puzder was not going to be the Labour Secretary.
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