It was only weeks ago that Ben Carson said he wouldn’t be interested in a government job. According to his friend and business manager Armstrong Williams, “He’s never run an agency and it’s a lot to ask. He’s a neophyte and that’s not his strength.” Williams made the assertion after Carson reportedly turned down the opportunity to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
But not long after, Donald Trump tweeted that he was considering hiring Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Carson hinted he would accept the position. As we reported last tweeted “an announcement is forthcoming about my role in helping to make America great again.”
Now, it’s apparently official. According to Housing Wire, The speculation is now over as sources close to the appointment confirm to HousingWire that Ben Carson will officially accept the role of United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Rumors swirled this week over whether Carson, a former GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon, would accept the role. Now, the speculation is over – Carson announced he will accept and those sources say a formal acceptance will come as soon as today or tomorrow. While Carson previously stated that he was not interested in serving on Trump’s cabinet, he told Fox News that he was reconsidering the possibility.
The betting odds currently show a 76 percent chance that Carson will be the HUD Secretary on PredictIt.com, rising 10 percentage points today. Given that HousingWire is the only source that’s reported on this, it’s likely that bets which increased the odds were placed by insiders who know what’s going on. Regardless, we’ll know for sure within the next two days!
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]