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Trump said to pick fast-food exec for labor post

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 7:  CEO of CKE Restaurants Andy Puzder (C) departs Trump Tower, December 7, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Carl’s Jr. CEO Andrew Puzder to head up the labor department. The selection would bring another wealthy business person and elite donor into Trump’s Cabinet. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick fast-food executive Andrew Puzder to lead the Labor Department.

That’s according to a Republican official and a person close to Trump’s transition.

Puzder heads CKE Restaurants Holdings, the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s and other chains. His selection would bring another wealthy business person and elite donor into Trump’s Cabinet.

The Californian was one of Trump’s earliest campaign financiers. Puzder was a co-chairman of Trump’s California finance team, and he was organizing fundraisers well before most major donors got on board with the Republican presidential nominee.

The Republican official and the person close to the transition weren’t authorized to disclose the expected nomination before Trump’s official announcement, and they spoke on condition of anonymity.