Trump Taps Woman Who Planned His Son’s Wedding To Run Federal Housing

Donald Trump has appointed the woman who planned his son Eric’s wedding for a top No. 2 position at the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

She’s 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.

Now President Trump has appointed longtime loyalist Lynne Patton — who has zero housing experience and claims a law degree the school says she never earned — to run the office that oversees federal housing programs in New York.

Patton was appointed Wednesday to head up the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region II, which includes New York and New Jersey, where she’ll oversee distribution of billions of taxpayer dollars.

Patton’s tight relationship with the Trump clan dates back to 2009, when she began serving as the family’s “event planner.”

“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.”

From 2011 through January, she also helped run the Eric Trump Foundation, a charity that’s now under investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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.


Last month she paid a surprise visit to NYCHA but never actually entered a NYCHA apartment.

During the May 5 visit, she asked to see a community center that had fallen into disrepair at the McKinley Houses in the Bronx. NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye said the agency staff who escorted Patton said she was “less interested in the actual infrastructure and more interested in an old clipping of the community center that was all glass and steel and now is struggling.”

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  1. Argon says:

    Double entendre in that title, Doug. Nice!

  2. Liberal Capitalist says:

    Grifters gotta grift.

    In plain sight. While the building burns.

    Thanks GOP !

  3. CSK says:


    Do you think he had to grab her by the pussy?

  4. Pch101 says:

    HUD dollars are limited. This may help Trump’s buddies in the Northeast to get what there is of them.

  5. Hal_10000 says:

    You know, we used to joke that Trump would appoint a horse to the Senate. Not so sure that’s a joke anymore as much as a prophecy. Seriously, this has “Mike Brown” written all over it.

  6. Gustopher says:

    @Hal_10000: But, what if the horse is the only one who will take the job?

    Ms. Patton may be the best and most qualified person who is willing to work in this administration. Sure, some of her qualifications are made up, and yes, the extent of her knowledge about housing appears to be that she has lived in houses, but she has a pulse.

    Up and comer Fredrick Douglas might have been considered, and found lacking for that very reason.

  7. Argon says:

    @Hal_10000: You know, we used to joke that Trump would appoint a horse to the Senate.