Ben Carson Unearths Exciting New Evidence of His Own Incompetence

Ben Carson Unearths Exciting New Evidence of His Own Incompetence

Emails reveal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and his wife ordered a $31,000 dining room set to redecorate his office despite his spokesman's saying staffers picked out the furniture, according to a report.

The liberal watchdog group American Oversight obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request, and the documents cast doubt on HUD spokesman Raffi Williams' denial that Carson had any involvement in selecting the furniture, reported CNN. Mr. Carson later said he was "surprised" by price and requested that the order be cancelled.

"I don't think it even crossed her mind, this separate room", he said. "The secretary did not order a new table".

Several months after considering repairs to the dining set in early August, HUD's scheduling office reached out to Candy Carson, the secretary's wife.

News that Carson dropped $31,000 in federal funds to swap the old table set out of his HUD suite made national headlines and sparked immediate backlash when it was first reported in February - around the same time the housing agency had proposed stripping more than $6 billion from its affordable housing budget. "Are you available on any of those dates and would you like to come in and have input on the redecorating?"

Carson's wife weighed in on that purchase as well, according to emails between Rodriguez and colleagues including Greenwood, who now serves as the secretary's chief of staff.

In a Facebook post last week, the Carsons denied allegations that they were responsible for the purchase of the $31,000 dining set. HUD has since canceled the order.

"I made it clear that I was not happy about the prices being charged and that my preference would be to find something more reasonable", it continues. "All the furniture in his office was purchased by the government prior to his arrival". "The table was ordered by the career staffers in charge of the building", he said.

While the initial quote for the furniture came in at $24,666, the final bill came to almost $7,000 more, due to delivery and installation charges, along with a price increase for the upholstered chairs.

Foster has alleged in a complaint to a whistleblower agency that she was demoted and replaced with a Donald Trump appointee after refusing to break the law by breaking a $5,000 spending cap for improvements to Carson's office. One email published by American Oversight indicates that HUD received an estimate that said fixing a chair would cost about $1,100.

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