Fast-Food CEO Andy Puzder Seen as Trump's Labor Secretary

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Andy Puzder, CEO of the company that owns Carl's Jr. and Hardee's and an opponent of big increases in the minimum wage, is the latest corporate executive expected to be part of Donald Trump's cabinet.

Mr. Puzder is likely to be named by Mr. Trump as his pick for Labor Secretary, the New York Times and others reported Thursday. Mr. Puzder has been CEO of CKE Restaurants since 2000. While its burger chains are known to some for racy commercials featuring bikini-clad women eating hamburgers, Mr. Puzder is also well known for speaking out against government over-regulation. He supported Mr. Trump in the 2016 election and was for Mitt Romney in 2012.

What mainstream media failed to point out, but the internet quickly did, is the ties Carl's Jr. had to the White House in the Mike Judge movie "Idiocracy," where the line "brought to you by Carl's Jr." is uttered in the Oval Office. Carl's Jr. and other brands were peppered throughout the satirical film.

If Mr. Trump picks Mr. Puzder, he would be the latest corporate executive in line to get a seat in Washington under the president-elect. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump selected Linda McMahon, who helped create wrestling entertainment company WWE, to lead the Small Business Administration.

The president-elect previously selected Steve Mnuchin, a former executive at Goldman Sachs, as treasury secretary and investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary. Formerr Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon will be chief strategist for Mr. Trump after running his campaign. And Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson is said to be among those in consideration for secretary of state.

People in line for certain government roles, including secretaries of labor, treasury, commerce and state, must be confirmed by the Senate.

Mr. Puzder, who could not be reached for comment, has long spoken out against over-regulation by the government and policies including the Affordable Care Act. He raised money for Mr. Trump's presidential campaign and was a senior economic advisor to the campaign, among other roles, according to the biography information on his blog.

So now we want to know: Who is the next CEO or other corporate executive in line for a role in the Trump administration? Who should be? Place your bets in the comments.

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