Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) slammed President Trump on Friday after New York Daily News reported that he appointed longtime Trump family loyalist and event planner Lynne Patton, who has zero housing experience and claims a law degree the school says she never earned, to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) region that oversees federal housing programs in New York and New Jersey.
“This not The Apprentice; the federal government is not your personal patronage system,” Meng wrote in a letter to Trump, referencing the reality TV show Trump hosted on NBC.
“I ask that you appoint an individual who is qualified to oversee such a serious task.”
According to NY Daily News, Patton has arranged tournaments at Trump golf courses, served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, and even arranged Eric Trump’s wedding.
Her LinkedIn profile states that she began working as an event planner for the Trump family in 2009 and was a vice president at the Eric Trump Foundation from 2011 through January. This is the same foundation that is now under investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly funneling $110,000 into the Trump Organization that was designated for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
“Responsible for organizing, executing and assisting with upscale events and celebrity golf tournaments,” her LinkedIn profile says. “Handle celebrity talent acquisition for various marketing projects, philanthropic events and golf tournaments.”
The Daily News adds:
She also claims on her LinkedIn page to have obtained a juris doctorate degree in 2000 from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut. Next to the J.D. notation is written (N/A) without explanation.
On Thursday school registrar Jim Benson said Patton attended for two semesters but did not graduate.
She also listed Yale University but HUD officials couldn’t explain why that was there. Patton, who begins her Region II job July 5, did not return calls seeking comment.
As head of the biggest HUD regional office in the U.S., Patton will oversee distribution of billions in cash to public housing authorities — including NYCHA — as well as tens of thousands of rental vouchers and block grants that fund housing inspections and senior citizen programs.
Patton was first made a White House liaison at HUD in February.