Press Release - Non-Confrontational Style, Social Media Aiding Ben Carson's Surge in Polls (USA Today)
When Thomas Bouwsma's wife Patty was pregnant with their sixth child 11 years ago, they had a chance to meet Ben Carson at a community college in Grand Rapids.
They were so impressed with his book Gifted Hands — which was required reading for their children during home schooling lessons — that they decided to name their son Carson.
"When I got the chance to shake his hand, I patted my wife's belly and said this one is named in your honor," said Bouwsma, a truck driver from Grand Rapids.
Eleven years later, Bouwsma traveled with Carsonto Detroit to witness his son's namesake announce that he was running for president. Six weeks later, Bouwsma contributed $1,000 to Carson's campaign, his first political contribution.
Ben Carson, Press Release - Non-Confrontational Style, Social Media Aiding Ben Carson's Surge in Polls (USA Today) Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/311815