Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Labor Department, is unqualified for the job and should withdraw, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Patty Murray said at a press conference Thursday.
“On policy and practice, Andrew Puzder has proven himself to be an enemy, not a champion, of workers’ rights,” Schumer said.
The New York Democrat said Trump should withdraw Puzder’s nomination “before he further embarrasses this administration and further exposes the hypocrisy of President Trump saying one thing to the workers of America and then doing another.”
Puzder’s candidacy was rocked this week when he admitted to hiring an undocumented immigrant and failing to pay taxes on her employment. The fast-food executive also has faced allegations of beating his wife, apprenticed to a notorious mob lawyer early in his career, and has drawn fire for working conditions at his restaurant chain, CKE. His confirmation hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 16 after weeks of paperwork delays.
Murray, of Washington, who is the top Democrat on the Senate committee vetting Puzder’s nomination, echoed Schumer’s remarks. She described Puzder as “uniquely unqualified” because of working conditions at CKE and the company’s ads featuring scantily clad women in bikinis eating burgers and mimicking sexual arousal.