(RNN) - Andrew Puzder issued a statement saying that he does not want to continue with his nomination as labor secretary.
Earlier Wednesday top Republicans urged the White House to pull his name from consideration because he did not have enough votes to win confirmation. There were four firm Republican no votes, which is enough to keep him from winning the vote of approval on the Senate Floor. Other reports said as many as 12 Republican defections were likely.
Pudzer would have needed 50 votes to pass, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. The Republicans only hold 52 seats.
Controversy has recently swirled around the fast-food CEO that has nothing to do with his controversial stance on labor law.
A 1990 appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show by Puzder's ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, has surfaced in which she accused Puzder of abuse and of threatening her when she said she wanted to go public.
The Oprah appearance resurfaced as Puzder's confirmation hearing approached.
Puzder was the CEO of the company that owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast-food chains. Democrats have been up in arms over his labor positions and his admission that he employed an undocumented housekeeper. He said he didn't know she was undocumented, and once he found out he terminated her immediately.
He said he offered her assistance in getting legal status and has paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California.
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