Good news, team: Andrew Puzder, Labor Secretary nominee, is looking weak. Four Republican Senators on the Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions (HELP) committee are currently not declaring support for his nomination. Let’s review why he would make a bad Labor Secretary then discuss how we can help.
The bad — there’s lots of bad.
- The Oprah tape. Reportedly, OWN recently released a tape showing his ex-wife discussing her experience at the hands of an abusive husband — Puzder. His ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, has reportedly retracted such allegations, but the tape may prove damning. And only members of HELP are being permitted access.
- Let’s also not forget his hyper-sexualized images of women he uses in advertising. I’ll take Grimace selling my kids burgers any day over a lady in a bikini.
- A livable wage. Does Puzder like them? No! Fast food workers are notoriously underpaid, rendering state and federal governments to foot the bill when workers can’t make ends meet.
- Think that Trump doesn’t like illegal workers? Think again! It’s ok if some of his cabinet picks hire them!
- His financial disclosures took forever. And he has class action lawsuits against his company citing underpayment or denying overtime. Sketch.
Bottom like: Puzder objectifies women and has demonstrated an enmity toward labor throughout his career. His personal life similarly demonstrates a history of abuse (at worst) or lack of judgment (at best).
Call your Senator! According to the most recent reports, out of the Washington Post, four senators, including Collins (ME) and Murkowski (AK), of rejecting DeVos fame, along with Isakson (GA) and Scott (SC), have not committed to supporting Puzder. Does this mean they won’t vote him out of committee? No, but it does mean that they are withholding judgment until the hearing, which is THIS Thursday (2/16).
Keep in mind that several of these Senators say that they never say how they will vote until a hearing so it is possible several of them intend on voting him out of committee. But even if it is an “unfavorable” report out of the committee, the entire Senate will vote for him. Remember — only one time before has an individual with an “unfavorable” vote from a committee been confirmed in the Senate. So getting an unfavorable vote now is important.
What can I do?
Especially if you live in one of those states, Maine, Alaska, Georgia, or South Carolina, CALL YOUR SENATOR! Express your displeasure at one of the myriad reasons listed above and tell them to vote unfavorably in the HELP committee. Something like this:
Hi, my name is [FILL IN THE BLANK] and I am a concerned citizen from [FILL IN THE BLANK]. I am extremely concerned about the nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor because of [PICK REASON FROM ABOVE], and I urge you to vote “unfavorable” in the H.E.L.P. committee.
If you aren’t in one of those states, call your Senators with the following script, similarly expressing displeasure. The weaker his nomination looks, the more likely it is he will NOT get nominated.
Hi, my name is [FILL IN THE BLANK] and I am a concerned citizen from [FILL IN THE BLANK]. I am extremely concerned about the nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor because of [PICK REASON FROM ABOVE], and I urge you to vote against his confirmation.
We can do this. Use your #FiveMinutes to make the call and keep his anti-labor pick for Labor Secretary.
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