GOP Lawmaker Blames Deep State For Buying Ben Carson’s $31k Dining Set

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“It has nothing to do with him. He comes from, you know, poverty," said Rep. Claudia Tenney of Sec. Ben Carson.

According to Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), the 'deep state' is to blame for Housing Secretary Ben Carson's new $31,000 dining room set, saying the table was ordered by "somebody in the Deep State, it was not one of his people".

During a recent appearance on Talk! Of the Town, an upstate New York local radio show, the New York Republican was asked about the decision to buy a $31,000 dining room set for Carson’s office last year. Tenney told the hosts that the “Ben Carson story is so misunderstood” before pointing to a no-named staffer of cryptic origin as the culprit.

“First of all, I like Ben Carson a lot. I think he’s really trying to do a great job there. But his staffer, one of his key people, was in my office the other day to talk about some of the housing issues that we have in our region and we were talking about that and he said ‘you know, that’s the most…” Tenney said trailing off.

And then Tenney went full conspiracy pointing fingers at a shadowy government operative who ordered the table without Carson's consent:

“Somebody in the Deep State, it was not one of his people apparently, ordered a table, like a conference room table or whatever it was for a room,” Tenney continued. “And that’s what the cost was. Ben Carson tried to—he said “you know how hard it is to turn it back because of the way that the procurement happens?”
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“I know that Ben Carson did not order that table,” Tenney continued. “It has nothing to do with him. He comes from, you know, poverty.”

But according to Carson himself, it was he and his wife, Candy, who looked through furniture catalogs, with his wife eventually choosing a table:

Carson testified about the matter before the House Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday, saying that he left a bulk of a decision-making on the purchase to his wife and other aides.

“I invited my wife to come and help,” Carson said. “I left it to my wife, you know, to choose something. I dismissed myself from the issues.”

Tenney made headlines earlier this year after remarking that most mass shooters are Democrats, without providing any data to back up her claim:

"It's interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats," Tenney said. "But the media doesn't talk about that."

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