The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that “Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he’s taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee,” with an announced decision set for Jan. 12, 2019.
Castro is said to be the second formally announced Democratic contender, following Maryland Rep. John Delaney.
One of the points that makes this candidacy of interest to manufactured housing professionals is that Castro was former President Obama’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The MSNBC video clip below clearly reflects that Castro is taking positions very much in keeping with the leftward tilt of the Democratic party.
A video by the HUD Secretary praising manufactured housing is linked below.
Of course, verbal praise is one thing, but the actual deeds are often another.
Castro may also remind manufactured housing professionals about the painful memory of Pamela Danner’s selection to head up the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP).
That in turn, should remind industry professionals that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) reportedly turned on their agreement to advance the candidacy of Victor DeRose. De Rose was the “consensus candidate” formerly agreed to by MHI and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). But an MHI ‘insider’ advanced Danner – per sources – and while MHI’s President Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison was purportedly “livid,” and “apologetic,” MHI in fact did only fig leaf posturing, while states struggled under the Obama- and Castro-era Danner appointment at OMHP.
It is also a reminder that MHI PAC Chairman, Nathan Smith, is a high profile Democrat, who if history holds, will promote whomever their party nominates. So, supporting someone like former Secretary Castro would arguably be no problem for Smith, and thus likely, for the rest of MHI.
It is one of several #NettlesomeThings about MHI that as 2018 winds down, and 2019 looms ahead, the industry’s professionals must soberly consider. For a detailed review of issues, see the linked report access in the box immediately below, as well as more insights from the Related Reports, further below. That’s tonight’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing.” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)
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