Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella under scrutiny for work with disgraced lobbyist

Tucker Higgins reports:

  • Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will take the helm of the department following the resignation of Alex Acosta, who faced scrutiny over his role in prosecuting alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago.
  • But Pizzella, currently deputy Labor secretary, has his own controversial past that will likely come to the fore in his new role.
  • Democratic senators and civil rights groups have expressed concern about Pizzella’s prior work with disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in the late 1990s and early 2000s to hamper worker protections in the Northern Mariana Islands.