Ben Carson is a gentle spirit who may not fit in well with cut throat politics.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been led by Secretary Carson since Trump took office. Whereas other departments have experienced changes in management, Carson has provided some measure of continuity in the ever changing DC power structure.
TheBlaze reports that in a recent interview, Carson said the following: “I will certainly finish out this term, I would be interested in returning to the private sector because I think you have just as much influence, maybe more, there.”
Each departure from the Trump Administration makes us wonder who is there left in the country to carry out Trump’s agenda?
TheBlaze adds that the department has been criticized in the past regarding the inexperience of those at senior levels.
Will Carson’s departure see battlefield promotions? I envision some HUD apparatchik taking the reigns because it’s the easy thing to do. Imagine the HUD version of DHS’s Secretary Nielsen, an individual who has little interest in Trump’s agenda.
I heard Carson speak before the 2016 primary. He seemed genuinely concern about the well-being of others, prompted by his deeply held, albeit odd beliefs. We all know he was a magnificent surgeon and his appointment to a cabinet post seemed kind of strange. I am not sure that government was the best fit for Carson.
I hope that Carson has achieved some level of success and reform within HUD, though I am unfamiliar with all of the supposed achievements briefly mentioned in TheBlaze article.
Hopefully those reforms continue.
And hopefully Carson finds meaningful work outside of the swamp.
We will have to wait to hear who might take Carson’s place at HUD. An early announcement was probably the way to go. It removes the speculation when Carson actually does resign after 2020.
It appears to be the politically prudent move when the administration surely wants to avoid anymore upsets.