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McCollum: Carson Lacks Public Service Experience, Holds Extreme Views

January 12, 2017
Press Release

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee is considering President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on the Carson nomination:

“Dr. Ben Carson has a compelling personal story and a record as a successful surgeon. However, his complete lack of public service experience and his extreme right-wing views make him unsuited for an important senior position such as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

“During his unsuccessful presidential campaign, Dr. Carson revealed critical deficiencies in his grasp of complex public policy issues. In fact, Dr. Carson apparently expressed concern that, given his lack of experience, he might ‘cripple’ the government in a high-level position.

“Dr. Carson has also expressed radical views that, if turned into policy, would have profoundly negative effects for working families and urban communities. As just one example, he wants to turn back the clock on rules that prevent housing discrimination based on such factors as race, sex, national origin, and disability.

“There are hundreds of experienced, qualified Americans who are prepared serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in a Trump administration. Instead of choosing one of them, President-elect Trump has chosen someone with virtually no relevant experience. I urge the Senate to reject the Carson nomination.”