When it comes to Dr. Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee does not play.
Many on the left have reacted incredulously to President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to choose Dr. Carson as his first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Some have argued that he does not have the qualifications, or the understanding of the issues to lead HUD. In particular, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made the seemingly foolish decision to argue that Carson was “disturbingly unqualified” for the position.
“Dr. Ben Carson is a disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice to lead a department as complex and consequential as Housing and Urban Development.
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“Our country deserves a HUD Secretary with the relevant experience to protect the rights of homeowners and renters, particularly in low income and minority communities, and to ensure that everyone in our country can have access to safe and affordable housing without facing discrimination or homelessness.
“There is no evidence that Dr. Carson brings the necessary credentials to hold a position with such immense responsibilities and impact on families and communities across America.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 5, 2016
Here’s the problem.
While Dr. Carson may not have had a career in the public housing sector, he is unquestionably intelligent and he would actually be the first HUD chief to EVER have actually lived in public housing. EVER. That would seem to give him an interesting level of experience that no HUD leader has ever entered the job with.
This was a point that Governor Huckabee also noted before wondering why Rep. Pelosi was REALLY standing against Carson’s nomination.
Ben Carson is first HUD Sec to have actually lived in gov't housing. Fancy Nancy Pelosi says he's not qualified; is she racist or just dumb?
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 5, 2016
“Fancy Nancy Pelosi says he’s not qualified; is she racist or just dumb?”
Oh. No. He. Didn’t.
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) who is also African-American and had a similarly difficult childhood to Dr. Carson sounded an optimistic note about the fact that a non-politician would soon be leading HUD. “If you can get a brain surgeon that wants to run housing, that’s a good idea. The American people had no concern electing President Trump without experience in government. Maybe what we’ll get out of this is a new set of eyes looking at old processes,” Scott argued.
So sure, Dr. Carson may be an “unconventional” pick to lead HUD, but honestly… this entire administration will likely be unconventional. Donald Trump will soon be the leader of the free world and he’s never held elected office or worked in the public sector. Compared to that, Carson’s job at HUD should be a cakewalk.