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Is Andrew Puzder Backing Out of His Nomination?

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence shakes hands with Andrew Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump (C), while leaving the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

Well, Andrew Puzder may not be in that labor secretary seat after all, according to some sources.

According to a source close to Andrew Puzder, who is President Trump’s nominee to assume the position for labor secretary, is anticipated to withdraw his nomination.

His confirmation is scheduled for Thursday, in which he will stand before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee. The source is reporting that Puzder is not going to appear for the hearing.

The source stated, “I think he’s very tired of the abuse.”

Another source, who has worked to prepare Puzder for the confirmation hearing, has also come forward and stated that there is an 80 percent chance that the CKE Restaurant executive is going to withdraw.

CKE Restaurant is the parent company to fast food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. The former executive and his wife recently had been highlighted in the media for hiring an undocumented immigrant to do some housework.

That wasn’t the only bad media that Puzder had received, just earlier this week. Politico had reached into the “The Oprah Winfrey Show” vault and pulled out a 1990 episode in which Puzder’s ex-wife Lisa Fierstein had accused him of domestic abuse. Puzder has denied those allegations numerous of times and Firestein had even come forth recanting the abuse after the episode aired.

It is being reported by CBS News’ Renee Flores that there are at least five Republicans in the Senate who have not commented on how they intend on voting: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Johnny Isakson, of Georgia, Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, Mike Enzi, of Wyoming and Tim Scott of South Carolina. These Senate members are part of the Senate HELP committee and so far they are declining to comment on how they will vote in regards to having Puzder be the labor secretary.

The White House has declined to provide any comments regarding the status of Puzder’s nomination.