It seems kind of odd, given Ben Carson reportedly turned down the role of Secretary of Health and Human Services that he’d welcome being considered as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Perhaps he thinks it won’t be as much of a hurdle as dealing with dismantling Obamacare and overseeing its replacement.
Donald Trump let the world know he was considering Carson for the gig:
I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I've gotten to know him well–he's a greatly talented person who loves people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
Fox News reports that while Carson doesn’t at first glance appear to be somebody that would want such role, they point to Carson’s interest in issues related to HUD during his campaign:
The HUD position is at first blush a surprising fit for Carson. However, Carson has previously shown an interest in the department. In June 2015, Carson criticized HUD for “overreach” for forcing the city of Dubuque, Iowa to weigh housing voucher applications from Chicago the same as it did applications from Dubuque residents.
“This is just an example of what happens when we allow the government to infiltrate every part of our lives,” said Carson, then a Republican presidential primary contender and an adversary of Trump. “This is what you see in communist countries, where they have so many regulations encircling every aspect of your life that if you don’t agree with them, all they have to do is pull the noose.”
Carson also wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Times in July 2015 on HUD’s policies to “desegregate” housing.
“There are reasonable ways to use housing policy to enhance the opportunities available to lower-income citizens,” Carson wrote, “but based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous.”
It’s great Dr. Carson “loves people” but HUD is a major agency with big problems. I really to want to believe the country is getting people who will be eager to reform these agencies not just babysit them.