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US President Donald Trump's choice for labour secretary has withdrawn from consideration on the eve of a long-delayed confirmation hearing. Andrew Puzder lost the support of several Republican senators after he admitted employing an illegal immigrant as a former housekeeper.
The fast-food billionaire had been criticised for his remarks on women and employees at his restaurants. He was the first Trump cabinet pick to fail to secure a nomination.
Signs Puzder’s nomination was imperiled began to show in recent weeks as a number of Republican senators withheld immediate their support for him. on Thursday, the conservative magazine, the National Review, published an editorial titled “No to Puzder”. The magazine railed against Puzder’s support for “comprehensive immigration reform” and argued that in light of the series of unflattering revelations “his case for his confirmation has diminished to the point of disappearing”.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Zoe E. Baird to be attorney general. Only five days later she asked Clinton to withdraw her nomination.
Her candidacy stumbled on the disclosure that she had hired undocumented immigrants and had not paid appropriate taxes on their wages. Particularly galling to opponents was the idea of the nation's chief law enforcement officer having broken the law. As The New York Times put it, there "must be a natural fit between a job and the ethics, background, finances, and talents of a nominee." Clinton nominated, and the Senate confirmed Janet Reno instead.
“A corporate culture grounded in objectifying women has no place in our government—or for that matter, the 21st Century,” Murray said during a press conference on Wednesday.
“Whatever President Trump and Andrew Puzder might wish was the case, women, who now make up nearly half of our country’s workforce, are at work, getting degrees, running businesses, and they deserve respect and dignity.”
... He attended Kent State University and dropped out in 1970 following the Kent State shootings.
According to Puzder, he then "spent the next three years attending concerts and marching on Washington." While living in Cleveland Heights, Puzder worked in sales at a guitar studio and attended Cleveland State University, receiving a BA in history in 1975.
He then attended Washington University School of Law where he was editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly, receiving his JD in 1978.
Opposition to legalized abortion
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Puzder was considered Missouri's leading anti-abortion lawyer and was active in the anti-abortion group Lawyers for Life. In 1984, Puzder and another lawyer wrote an article for the Stetson Law Journal proposing a Missouri law that would define life as beginning at conception in the broad context of contract or property law.
Puzder reasoned that if fetuses were recognized as having rights in other contexts, it would establish a foundation for challenging Roe v. Wade later on.
Puzder authored Missouri House Bill 1596, an abortion law prohibiting the use of state money for abortions and declaring that life begins at conception.
Following a challenge, the Supreme Court in 1989 upheld the law in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. The watershed decision opened the door for new state-level restrictions on abortion.
 Following the Webster decision, Puzder was a founding member of the Common Ground Network for Life and Choice. In July 1989, Puzder was appointed chair of the Task Force for Mothers and Unborn Children by Missouri Governor John Ashcroft.
After The Riverfront Times published an article detailing allegations that he had abused his wife, he offered up his resignation to the Governor.
The allegations were later retracted, and Puzder was not asked to step down, but left the task force a few months later.