I EXPECTED BETTER…

….but at this point am no longer surprised.

The guy I least expected to act like a swamp creature acted like a swamp creature.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) purchased a $31,000 dining room set for Secretary Ben Carson’s office, according to a Tuesday report.

The $31,561 purchase consisted of a custom hardwood table, chairs and a hutch for Carson’s office by a career staffer, reported The New York Times.

Carson was unaware that the purchase had been made, according to a HUD spokesperson. However, he does not think that the dining set was too expensive, so he doesn’t plan on returning it, HUD spokesman Raffi Williams said to TheNYT.

“In general, the secretary does want to be as fiscally prudent as possible with the taxpayers’ money,” he said.

Federal law dictates that departments must seek permission “to furnish or redecorate the office of a department head” if they want to spend more than $5,000 doing so. HUD officials reportedly did not ask for congressional approval, as Williams said the table was there to serve a “building-wide need.”

The table set is reportedly coming from Sebree and Associates, a Maryland company, according to records from CNBC.

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3 Responses to I EXPECTED BETTER…

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    Yea, I figure a retired neurosurgeon would have plenty of his own bucks. I’m still not discounting this is somehow a contrived smear by the establishment and Carson was somehow “tricked”.

  2. BobF says:

    Apparently he didn’t know of the purchase and how much it cost but he’s not saying to return it either. Anyway, how can anyone justify $31,000 for office furniture?

  3. Eskyman says:

    That story comes from the New York Slimes, with some additional crap from CNBC.

    So it’s probably either totally wrong, or it’s totally spun to look bad for Carson; either way, I’m not bothered. The one thing in that article that might be true: “Williams said the table was there to serve a “building-wide need.”

    If it’s a purchase for the main cafeteria, billed to Carson’s office, that puts a different slant on it, doesn’t it?

    Sad to see The Daily Caller stooping so low as to regurgitate agitprop from the Commies.

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