Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will name the son of his close friend and business associate as deputy chief of staff, the department confirmed Wednesday. Alfonso Costa Jr., 29, is expected to join the department in the coming weeks, a source familiar with the decision told CNN.
Costa’s father is a dentist-turned-real-estate-investor who Carson has described as “one of my closest, if not my very closest friend.” Carson and his wife were involved in a 2007 real estate deal with the senior Costa. Later that year, after the elder Costa was convicted for health care fraud, Carson wrote on his behalf to the federal judge sentencing him.
“I could literally trust him with all of my earthly possessions and rest assured that I would get all of them back with interest,” Carson wrote to the judge. “To sum it up, next to my wife of 32 years, there is no one on this planet that I trust more than Al Costa.”