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According to CNN and other media outlets, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which runs the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains, had been heavily criticized since being picked in December, and made a decision to withdraw his nomination.

Puzder's hearing, delayed several times, is now scheduled for Thursday.

The Senate confirmed him for that NLRB position, and twice more. He seems to be the sort of standard-brand conservative that might reassure the Republican senators who ultimately torpedoed Puzder.

The AFL-CIO harshly criticized Puzder since he was first nominated, and celebrated his withdrawal on Wednesday. "I look forward to his confirmation hearing, where I'm confident he will impress my colleagues and secure the support necessary to be the next secretary of labor".

Puzder faced fierce opposition from Democrats from the start.

The Puzder withdrawal was the second body blow to the administration in a span of just days: Monday night, retired General Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser following questions about his contacts with Russian Federation prior to Trump's inauguration. "I think he'll be a tremendous Secretary of Labor". Puzder's troubles included his hiring of an undocumented worker as his housekeeper.

In the Business Insider interview, Puzder said he was open to automation in his restaurants, especially with the rising cost of employees due to increases in minimum wage.

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". There is ample evidence that Mr. Puzder does not meet those standards, including his mistreatment of his own workers and his company's record of labor abuses.

On Monday, news emerged via Politico that the Oprah Winfrey Network had provided Democratic and Republican senators with a 1990 episode of "Oprah" that featured Puzder's former wife, Lisa Fierstein.

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