Politics & Government

Former SC labor head won’t be Trump’s Labor nominee

Catherine Templeton, a possible Republican candidate for governor, speaks with GOP nominee for state representative Jason Elliott of Greenville at the Greenville Chamber last fall.
Catherine Templeton, a possible Republican candidate for governor, speaks with GOP nominee for state representative Jason Elliott of Greenville at the Greenville Chamber last fall. Greenville News

Former SC labor secretary Catherine Templeton won’t have a post in President Donald Trump's administration after Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Labor Department fell through.

Templeton was briefly back in the mix when the Trump administration needed a replacement for fast-food CEO Andy Puzder, who dropped out of the running on Wednesday after facing mounting opposition from senators to his nomination.

Templeton was listed as a contender for the post by Bloomberg, along with former National Labor Relations Board members Peter Kirsanow and R. Alexander Acosta, and Joseph Guzman, an assistant professor at Michigan State University.

But media outlets now report that Acosta, now the dean of Florida International University’s law school, is Trump’s choice to run the department.

Templeton confirmed Thursday morning that she was not Trump's labor pick.

She had been offered positions in the labor department in December, but declined.

“I was appreciative of them and happy to help,” she said, adding she has been involved in the transition, “but South Carolina really is my focus. I'm not moving to Washington, ever.”

Templeton is running for governor in 2018.

Templeton ran South Carolina’s labor, licensing and regulation department under former Gov. Nikki Haley, and had been considered a potential Republican candidate for governor in 2018.

She met with the new president in Trump Tower after his election last year, but ultimately did not take a job in the new administration.

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