Lynne Patton has a flair for the dramatic.
After the HUD official bobbed up behind Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) at Michael Cohen’s hearing Wednesday to prove the President’s racial tolerance, she gleefully booked herself solid on Fox News all the better to impress upon her audience of one her unwavering loyalty and willingness to be used as a symbol.
It’s not the first time she’s sought the limelight. According to a Friday Washington Post report, Patton asked permission to take a temporary leave of absence from her role at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to film a docu-series about black Republicans produced by the minds behind “Real Housewives of the Potomac.”
“Black Republicans are not an anomaly. Not only do we suffer the same societal hurdles that face any black man or black woman every single day, we also have the additional albatross of being conservative,” Patton told the Post. “Nothing proves this point more than the partisan reaction to my committee appearance this week. God forbid, a black Republican is in the room based upon her own merit and can think for herself. But it’s a scarlet letter I wear with pride.”
HUD officials denied her request, citing ethical improprieties. Yet Patton says the decision to turn down the show was hers alone.
A decision she certainly made unilaterally, to the chagrin of HUD officials, was to skip the last day of meetings for regional leaders so she could be on time for her Cohen cameo. Say cheese.