Puzder withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary

Andy Puzder
In this Aug. 6, 2014 photo provided by CKE Restaurants, company CEO Andy Puzder speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas, to highlight Carl’s Jr.’s commitment to the state. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s ads featuring starring nearly naked women have become a part of American culture, according to Puzder. (Jack Plunkett/CKE Restaurants via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a statement, Andrew Puzder says he’s withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary.

On the eve of Puzder’s long-delayed confirmation hearing, some Republicans said Wednesday they’re concerned over his failure to pay taxes for five years on a former housekeeper who wasn’t authorized to work in the U.S.

One Republican senator said more than six GOP senators asked the White House to not go through with Puzder’s hearing Thursday because they don’t see themselves voting to confirm him. That would put the nomination in jeopardy, since Senate Republicans have a 52-48 majority and Democrats are solidly opposed.

Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. He’s been under fire for remarks on women and people who work for his restaurants.

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