May 09, 2006
Love Is The Only Thing That Matters

Think Progress opines that HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson has broken the law. Quoting from The Dallas Business Journal:

After discussing the huge strides the agency has made in doing business with minority-owned companies, Jackson closed with a cautionary tale, relaying a conversation he had with a prospective advertising contractor.

“He had made every effort to get a contract with HUD for 10 years,” Jackson said of the prospective contractor. “He made a heck of a proposal and was on the (General Services Administration) list, so we selected him. He came to see me and thank me for selecting him. Then he said something … he said, ‘I have a problem with your president.’

“I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘I don’t like President Bush.’ I thought to myself, ‘Brother, you have a disconnect — the president is elected, I was selected. You wouldn’t be getting the contract unless I was sitting here. If you have a problem with the president, don’t tell the secretary.’

“He didn’t get the contract,” Jackson continued. “Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the president, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the president? Logic says they don’t get the contract. That’s the way I believe.”

[Update: Reacting to the quick criticism coming from all quarters, Secretary Jackson alerts us that he didn’t really mean what he said literally, he was just telling us a parable about how Washington works. I’ve searched the Good Book and can’t find a parable from the Great Master of us all that reconciles with Secretary Jackson’s newfangled parable — thus we can only conclude that Brother Jackson is working for that other Master.]

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Posted by Buck Batard at May 09, 2006 04:25 PM
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As one who spent 25 years in government contracting, I can assure one and all that political leanings were never on the checklist of things to consider before awarding a contract. This is just one more scandal of immense proportions. The man should be fired immediately.

Posted by: t on May 10, 2006 10:31 AM
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