Walker “Smart Enough Not to Pick a Fight He Can’t Win,” Tells Trump, Media He Doesn’t Want Labor Nod

With Walker Out, Who will Trump turn to?


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The big question following Trump Labor nominee Andy Puzder’s decision to withdraw his name from consideration is: who will the president nominate next? Beltway chatter almost universally assumed conservative-darling Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) would be nominated, but he immediately took himself out of the running with a tweet and his spokesman telling the Associated Press that Walker has “absolutely no interest” in the Cabinet. In response, Allied Progress released the following statement:

Gov. Scott Walker may have a disastrous record in Wisconsin, but he’s smart enough to know not to pick a fight that he just can’t win,” said Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress.

He continued, “The onus is now President Trump to quickly put forward a nominee who believes in the Labor Department’s mission and will stand up for the rights of all workers. If his next selection doesn’t meet that standard, we will be there to hold his nominee accountable – just like we did with Andy Puzder.”

Earlier today Allied Progress released the following statement declaring victory and calling on the President and his team to learn the right lesson in their defeat:

This fight wasn’t just about Andy Puzder and his record of mistreating workers and shocking personal history – it was a repudiation of the anti-worker policies championed by the Trump Administration,” said Karl Frisch, executive director for Allied Progress.

He continued, “The ball is now in the court of President Trump and Senate Republicans to put forward a nominee that will fight to expand rights and opportunities for all Americans rather than working overtime to undermine them and pad the bottom lines of Wall Street special interests. Working Americans have a simple message to President Trump: we’re watching you and we’ll hold you accountable.”

To speak with Karl Frisch about the Puzder nomination please contact Jon Reinish at 202-999-0461 or JReinish@SKDKnick.com.

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Allied Progress is a nationwide, progressive advocacy organization that uses hard-hitting research and creative campaigns to hold Wall Street and powerful special interests accountable. Since launching in 2015, the organization has led high-profile campaigns on several issues including reforming the payday lending industry and exposing the those working to cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

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