A day after the dramatic defeat for one of his cabinet nominees, President Donald Trump named former USA attorney Alexander Acosta as his next pick for labor secretary.
Acosta is a former US attorney in Miami who served on the National Labor Relations Board in the Bush administration and headed the civil rights section in the Department of Justice. In the Bush administration, he served on the National Labor Relations Board and then rose through the Justice Department to become head of the civil rights section.
If confirmed, Acosta would be the first Hispanic member of President Trump's cabinet. There have been multiple protests that have pulled the double duty of boosting support for the living wage campaign, while also denouncing Puzder's nomination.
Andrew Puzder, on his way back to a life of terrorizing his own employees instead of every worker in America.
Acosta is Trump's first Latino cabinet nominee. Puzder had been losing support within Senate Republicans, with up to 12 Republican senators thought to be wavering on voting him in. He's also under fire for allegations of domestic violence against his ex-wife, who even appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in disguise in 1990 to speak about being abused. Democrats and labor groups who firmly opposed his nomination hailed victory in his nomination withdrawal.
Bret Baier compared Puzder's withdrawal to the unexpected withdrawal of former Sen.
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on Thursday offered praise for Alexander Acosta shortly after Trump announced his nomination.
Unlike Andrew, an anti-abortion lawyer turned CEO of the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr.'s, Alexander has experience for the job of Labor Secretary.