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HUD Secretary -- Yet Another Corrupt Bush Crony, Resigns in Disgrace

The big surprise here is that there’s no whiny excuses yet. No alcoholism to blame, at least yet.
 
 
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Mr. Jackson is just the latest in a long line of Bush appointees who has resigned to go spend more time with his family. He may need that time, as the DOJ is investigating him for giving out contracts to friends. Yes, the culture of corruption is alive and well and living in the Bush Administration still. Here’s the skinny from the New York Times:

"There comes a time when one most attend more diligently to personal and family matters," Mr. Jackson said. " Now is such a time for me."

"Seven years ago, President Bush gave me an extraordinary opportunity to serve HUD and the nation," said Mr. Jackson, who first joined the department as deputy secretary in 2001. "As the son of a lead smelter and nurse midwife, and as the last of 12 children, never did I imagine I'd serve America in such a way. I am truly grateful for the opportunity."

Mr. Jackson said that he had worked hard to keep families in their homes, to revitalize public housing and to preserve affordable housing. "During my time here, I have sought to make America a better place to live, work and raise a family," he said.

He left the room without taking any questions.

Well, that didn’t tell us anything, did it? The Times was going to quote Mr. Jackson, which is fair, but they led off with the charges. They’re a bit exotic. Contracts in sweet places going to friends, threats to the Philadelphia Housing Authority if they won’t sell land they own to politically connected friends of Jackson. This seems a bit bald-faced, on the surface:

Housing secretary Alphonso R. Jackson resigned on Monday, saying that he needed to devote more time to his family. The announcement came as federal authorities were investigating whether he had given lucrative housing contracts in the Virgin Islands and New Orleans to friends.

His resignation, effective April 18, also comes as the Bush administration is increasingly relying on the department's Federal Housing Administration to help stanch the widening foreclosures.

Steven Reynolds is a regular blogger for the All Spin Zone