Senator calls for Jackson resignation.

“Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) called on President Bush to ask for the immediate resignation of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson if a report about government contracts being awarded based on the contractor’s opinion of President Bush are accurate.”

UPDATE: Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Barney Frank (D-MA) write Secretary Jackson: “If this account is accurate, your comments were improper and most likely illegal. Federal contracts should be awarded based on merit, not on whether a contractor likes or dislikes President Bush.”

UPDATE II: Reuters has the first story out on the wire on the Jackson scandal.