Carson’s lack of government or housing experience not a problem for Republicans
Why should it be when the person they chose for president also has no government or policy experience.
Based on early reviews from GOP senators, the retired neurosurgeon is on a glide path to confirmation next year after President-elect Donald Trump selected him Monday to lead the department. Everyone from Trump’s former presidential foes to veteran GOP senators said they have no qualms with Carson’s thin résumé.
“He’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the most senior GOP senator. Asked about Carson’s lack of experience in the agency’s areas of expertise, Hatch replied: “No, but he has medical experience … he’ll pick it up so fast their heads will be spinning.”
As with all of Trump’s nominations thus far, Republicans quickly fell in line behind Carson, who grew up poor in Detroit before making a career as a renowned surgeon who helped pioneer cutting-edge medical techniques.
“If you can get a brain surgeon that wants to run housing, that’s a good idea,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) , who sits on the Banking Committee, which will consider Carson’s nomination.