Cabinet Nominees

ICYMI: Oppose Ben Carson, Trump’s Pick for Housing and Urban Development

ICYMI: Reposting because while Carson’s nomination has left the committee, the Senate floor vote has yet to happen. You can still call your senators on this. If you haven’t yet, please do.

Call your senators and oppose Ben Carson’s nomination for secretary of the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who ran against Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, had withdrawn himself from consideration for cabinet posts, saying he had no experience in government. Trump evidently convinced him to change his mind.

Carson is correct. He has no professional experience in government, or with the problems that HUD was designed to address. He grew up in public housing in Detroit, and is apparently citing that experience as a qualification to run the federal agency. He appears to think that poverty is some sort of lifestyle choice, and not an endemic problem that only the fortunate and the exceptional can successfully rise above.

Before you call, review this link to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Is one of your senators a member? If so, it is extra-important for you to call and express your opposition to Carson running HUD.

http://www.banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/membership

 

More on Ben Carson, his nomination to HUD, and how he might reverse gains won under the Obama administration:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-ben-carson-won-t-be-joining-donald-1479231990-htmlstory.html

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/pelosi-ben-carson-disturbingly-unqualified-hud-2016-12

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/ben-carsons-public-statements-housing-public-policy/

 

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article119494588.html

 

 

This spreadsheet contains a sample script you can use when calling your senators about Carson’s nomination:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Nx970-5j0ls4aJbmiKqwN0E3OfcpAqhXgM3zyfBZ4TM/edit#gid=0

 

 

An ethics official warned that the Republican rush might force Congress to hold hearings before background checks on the nominees are finished:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ethics-official-warns-against-confirmations-before-reviews-are-complete/2017/01/07/e85a97ee-d348-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html?utm_term=.7a5ae214e186