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Call to Oppose Ben Carson!

You know how you usually have to have experience in a field in order to get a job? Apparently that doesn't apply to Ben Carson!

Ben Carson has NO HOUSING POLICY EXPERIENCE. Full stop. On Nov 15, he issued a public statement in that he wasn't qualified to lead a government office because of his complete lack of experience. Now he has done an about-face. One of the few public statements he has ever made about public policy has compared housing regulation to communism. He would be the head of an organization of 8,000 employees, and an office that is responsible for 5 million people who need assistance avoiding foreclosure and finding affordable housing.

His hearing for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is tomorrow. Call to oppose him, and offer questions to your members of the committee that you'd like them to ask him.

What you can do

1. CALL your own state senator and tell them you oppose Ben Carson's appointment.

2. CALL the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (202) 224-7391.

3. CALL the individual senators that make up the committee, start with the senators from your state. Pass on to friends and family who live in these states - they need to hear from their constituents!

Republican committee senators:
Shelby - AL
(202) 224-5744 / (205) 731-1384
Cotton - AR
(202) 224-2353 / (479) 751-0879
Perdue - GA
(202) 224-3521 / (404) 865-0087
Crapo - ID *Chair
(202) 224-6142 / (208) 334-1776
Kennedy - LA
(225) 930-9033
Tillis - NC
(202) 224-6342 / (704) 509-9087
Sasse - NE
(202) 224-4224 / (402) 476-1400
Heller - NV
(202) 224-6244/ (702) 388-6605
Toomey - PA
(202) 224-4254 / (814) 453-3010
Scott - SC
(202) 224-6121 / (803) 771-6112
Rounds - SD
(202) 224-5842/ (605) 224-1450
Corker - TN
(202) 224-3344/ (901) 683-1910

Democratic committee senators:
Schatz - HI
(202) 224-3521 / (404) 865-0087
Donnelly - IN
(202) 224-4814/ (812) 425-5813
Warren - MA
(202) 224-4543/ (617) 565-3170
Van Hollen - MD
(202) 224-4524 / (410) 962-4436
Tester - MT
(202) 224-2644 / (406) 252-0550
Heitkamp - ND
(202) 224-2043 / (701) 258-4648
Menendez - NJ
(202) 224-4744 / (973) 645-3030
Masto - NV
(202) 224-3542 / (702) 527-1634
Brown - OH *Ranking Member
(202) 224-2315 / (216) 522-7272
Warner - VA
(202) 224-2023/ (276) 628-8158
Reed - RI
(202) 224-4642/ (401) 943-3100

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
Hello, my name is __ and I'm urging you to oppose Dr. Ben Carson's appointment to HUD secretary. The American people deserve a qualified person to lead the agency. Carson is not that person, especially since he declined a previous federal agency position due to his lack of experience. He has clearly shown in past statements his belief in a bootstraps mentality that does not show a comprehension of the complex role housing plays in overcoming the extreme economic disparities that are only widening in the United States.

*BONUS - offer questions to your members of the committee that you'd like them to ask him!