UPDATE: Fast-food chain CEO Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration for secretary of labor Wednesday afternoon, amid mounting controversy over his personal and professional past.


Fast food executive Andrew Puzder's bid for secretary of labor could be derailed by multiple roadblocks, including from within his own party, Mike Emanuel reported on "Special Report" tonight.

Puzder is the CEO of the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. restaurants, and has come under fire for situations that have arisen in his personal and public life.


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Four Republican senators who sit on the committee that must approve Puzder's nomination to the full Senate, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Susan Collins of Maine and Tim Scott of South Carolina, reportedly all have concerns about the businessman.

According to the Hill, the senators are concerned over Puzder's hiring of an undocumented worker in his home. Puzder said he fired the housekeeper after learning of her immigration status.

A watchdog group is seeking to unseal Puzder's divorce records which they say contain reports of domestic abuse.

Puzder's ex-wife Lisa Fierstein disavowed the claims, Emanuel reported, slamming the "unfair invasion of [her] private life."

While leading the Rocky Mount, N.C.-founded fast food chain, Puzder has suggested investing in machines to fight rising labor costs, and opposed hiking the minimum wage.

Hardee's has also come under fire for what critics called over-sexualized television commercials.

Puzder is seen as the Democrats' last hope to derail a Trump cabinet nominee, Emanuel reported.

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