Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been confirmed as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, by a 58-41 Senate vote.
Six Democrats and one Independent joined with the Republicans to approve the nomination, mostly Democrats who are up for re-election next year and represent states that voted for President Trump.
In yet another pandering flip-flop, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts chose to vote against his nomination today although she had voted for his nomination during an earlier committee meeting.
“He’s never been disconnected from these inner cities and these people who live these lives,” said Armstrong Williams. “Dr. Carson may have aspired to become a world-renowned pediatric surgeon and a presidential candidate, but he’s never lost the human touch with people.”
While Carson’s nomination “raised some eyebrows”, members of the Senate came around.
Carson won easy approval in January from the Senate Banking Committee after he assured lawmakers that he supported some of HUD’s biggest programs, such as rental assistance for the poor, and that he would enforce the nation’s fair housing laws.
HUD has 8,000 employees and an annual budget of almost $50 billion.
Carson says he’ll go on a listening tour around the country to hear from those involved in housing and urban development to find out how the agency can best help them.