A Springfield community activist said he was initially shocked that Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren voted in committee this week to confirm Dr. Ben Carson – President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In a Facebook post, Warren – who’s a Democrat — explained that Carson made promises to her in the nomination process, and she plans to hold him accountable.
Organizer Jafet Robles is with the group Neighbor To Neighbor. He was part of a rally earlier this week thanking Warren for standing up to trump’s cabinet nominees. He said he feels conflicted about Warren’s decision.
“Part of me says, you know, I wish she would have just fought and rejected him,” Robles said. “But realistically, a lot of these people are going to get in anyway, so I think she’s in a tough position to make some really tough decisions right now.”
Robles said his organization will now decide whether to protest Warren’s backing of Carson.
Activists plans to gather every Tuesday outside the Springfield offices of Senators Warren and Ed Markey.