Rep. Waxman Calls For Bush’s Housing Secretary To Resign Immediately

An investigation by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General found that HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson instructed staff to award contracts to President Bush’s political allies and withhold them from his political opponents.

The news prompted Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) — the ranking member on the House Government Reform Committee — to call for Jackson’s resignation. Dallas Business Journal has the story:

The findings led Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., to call Thursday for Jackson’s resignation.

“If this report is accurate, Secretary Jackson should resign immediately,” Waxman said. “We must not allow taxpayer-funded contracts to be handed out to political allies as rewards for loyalty.”

The HUD Inspector General is refusing to release the full, 340 page report on Jackson’s conduct to the media. The Dallas Business Journal has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain it.

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