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<a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/17/does_new_labor_secretary_nominee_alex"><img alt="S5_acosta" src="https://www.democracynow.org/images/story/40/35240/w320/S5_Acosta.jpg" style="float:right; padding-left:5px;" /></a>President Trump has named longtime Republican lawyer Alex Acosta to be his new nominee to head the Labor Department after his first pick, fast-food <span class="caps">CEO</span> Andrew Puzder, withdrew Wednesday. We look at Acosta’s record with Alan Pyke, an editor with ThinkProgress, who argues Trump’s backup choice "has skeletons in his closet, too." Acosta has drawn scrutiny for his time as a division leader at the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, where he oversaw a senior official who hired conservative lawyers who were actively opposed to the division’s mission, including the prosecution of voting rights violations and police abuse. In 2004, he played a key role in Bush’s final push to win the state of Ohio by backing Republican election officials accused of seeking to suppress voter turnout among blacks and Latinos.