How stupid can you be?
Sure, boss, only our people get contracts
Covering For A Cabinet Secretary?
Wed May 10, 2006 at 06:49:12 AM PDT
Alphonso Jackson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, revealed in an April 28th speech that he believed it was logical to deny federal contracts to contractors who did not support the President. Now that his outrageous speech has sparked calls for an investigation, HUD officials are spinning like crazy to save Jackson's job. Think Progress has the official response:
Dustee Tucker, a spokeswoman for Jackson, told the Dallas Business Journal Tuesday that Jackson's comments at his April 28 speech were purely "anecdotal."
"He was merely trying to explain to the audience how people in D.C., will say critical things about the secretary, will unfairly characterize the president and then turn around and ask you for money," Tucker said. "He did not actually meet with someone and turn down a contract. He's not part of the contracting process."
Oh, ok. So it was just an fake story about illegal conduct, nevermind that he did not tell the audience that he wasn't serious. That makes it all better, right? But if it was some wacky parable pulled out of thin air, how to explain away the specifics in HUD's initial reaction to the story?
"On May 3, Tucker told the Business Journal that the contract Jackson was referring to in Dallas was `an advertising contract with a minority publication,' though she could not provide the contract's value."
So not only was Jackson lying to the audience, but Tucker was in on the fairytale as well?
Jackson wants us to believe his confession was concocted, but denying federal contracts based on support of the President doesn't seem that out of character for him. After all, Jackson is a Bush Pioneer. He is a man who had no problem aggressively campaigning for the President while on the taxpayer dime.
And maybe I would be able to accept HUD's illogical denial of the story if the agency had not lied to protect Jackson in the past. In 2002, HUD employee Richard W. Mallory was fired by Jackson for trying to expose the misuse of $1.8 million of federal funds by the San Fransico Housing Authority. Mallory, by the way, replaced another fired whistleblower.
When Mallory was fired for exposing the corruption, he wrote a series of letters to Alberto Gonzales and the secretary of HUD. He detailed how Jackson had orchestrated the cover-up and told him to not to makes waves, since the then-mayor of San Francisco (Willie Brown) was Jackson's friend.
When the press filed FOIA requests to obtain those letters, HUD denied they existed. That is, until they were leaked to the press. HUD, by the way, never launched an investigation into the corruption Mallory had detailed.
So color me skeptical now of HUD's claim that Jackson just made up the elaborate story. The agency has a history of shielding Jackson and of misrepresenting information. And besides, its "anecdote" explanation just plain doesn't make sense.
You know how I keep repeating how black Republicans lack character?
Well, Jackson, was in essence, bragging before white people how he had illegally denied a black-owned company a contract for not supporting Bush.
Think about how odious that is.
He knows blacks don't support Bush. He also knows that's irrelevant to contracting. At least among white people.
What kind of character does he have to brag about this? Would you vote for such a man?
Like Clarence Thomas, he wanted to make points by showing how he could punish black people to please whites. Only thing, the audience was horrified by the example.
posted by Steve @ 12:19:00 PM