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Puzder on Why He Withdrew as Secretary of Labor

<em>Andy Puzder</em>
Andy Puzder

Last week Monday Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc., parent company of  Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Green Burrito and Red Burrito, told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt why he withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Labor. Hewitt is also a law professor at Chapman University School of Law.

Puzder:

…I withdrew because I was told we might not, you know, if you lose three votes, you lose three Republican votes, you’re done. I hung in there until I was told that we might not have enough votes for me to go forward. And you know, I didn’t want to tilt at windmills, so at that point, I withdrew. But the pressure on my family was, it was really pretty tremendous. 

…For example, my payroll account at our company was hacked. Fight For 15 sent 8 to 10 demonstrators to our front door when my wife and I were sitting here one Saturday afternoon. They had a panel van that drove around our area here where we live in Tennessee with billboards on the side claiming that I was abusive to women. … it was intended to intimidate me and my family, and you know, you have to wonder who paid for that. And then finally, although there wasn’t any coverage of this, there was an envelope left at our house addressed to my wife that had white powder in it, a pink piece of paper with Trump written on it, and you know, obviously, the white powder was in a plastic bag. But you open the envelope, and a little powder came out. And there was also, I’m told, I didn’t see it, but I was told there was a paper doll with a noose around its neck in there as well, again, addressed to my wife, not addressed to me, which shows you the cowardice of these people. — Hugh Hewitt radio show 

Audio (19 minutes) & transcript

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