Black Housing Secretary to resign: Does nothing for his people!
By Sinclere Lee
WASHINGTON (BNW) You hate to see a nigger do bad in America and you hate to see a nigger crying on TV for a bunch of nigger shit he created,. This nigger Alphonso Jackson, the U.S. housing secretary resigned last week under pressure after accusations of improper allocation of federal contracts, and he is a case in point,
Word is that this nigger is the rottenest lowdown nigger you can find. And if anything bad happens to him and his family, it is good for the Black community.
Consider that about the nigger,,, the nigger is so rotten to his own people, that he could not play the race care wit these crackers. Even as rotten as Clarence Thomas is, he played the Race Card. We all play on race relations with these white racists in America.
As housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson stepped down last Monday morning, news sources reported. The department announced had late Sunday that Jackson will make a statement to the press on Monday morning.
Jackson has faced calls for his resignation after lawmakers have said he behaved improperly in awarding federal contracts.
The Federal Housing Administration, overseen by HUD, runs the largest government program to aid home buyers and is seen by many lawmakers as the key to a federal effort to stem foreclosures.
HUD secretary remains at agency, despite controversies
Secretary Alphonso Jackson is guiding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in its mission of providing affordable housing and promoting economic development, an assignment to which he brings more than 25 years of direct experience in both the private and public sectors.
In nominating Jackson, President George W. Bush chose a leader with a strong background in housing and community development, expertise in finance and management, and a deep commitment to improving the lives of all Americans.
Alphonso Jackson first joined the Bush Administration in June of 2001 as HUD's Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. As Deputy Secretary, Jackson managed the day-to-day operations of the $32 billion agency and instilled a new commitment to ethics and accountability within HUD's programs and among its workforce and grant partners.
The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Jackson as the nation's 13th Secretary of HUD on March 31, 2004.
Immediately preceding his appointment at HUD, Jackson served as President of American Electric Power-TEXAS, a $13 billion utility company located in Austin, Texas.
From January 1989 until July 1996, Secretary Jackson was President and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Dallas, Texas, which consistently ranked as one of the best-managed large-city housing agencies in the country during his tenure. Prior to that, Secretary Jackson was Director of the Department of Public and Assisted Housing in Washington, D.C., and also served as Chairperson for the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency Board.
In 1977, Jackson became the Director of Public Safety for the City of St. Louis. Jackson also served as executive director for the St. Louis Housing Authority, a director of consultant services for the certified public accounting firm of Laventhol and Horwath-St. Louis, and special assistant to the chancellor and assistant professor at the University of Missouri.
Secretary Jackson holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in education administration from Truman State University. He received his law degree from Washington University School of Law.
An expert on public housing and urban issues, Jackson has been asked to serve on a number of national and state commissions, most notably the General Services Commission of the State of Texas, where he served as Chairman; the National Commission on America's Urban Families, and the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing. Secretary Jackson has also lent his expertise to numerous nonprofit and corporate boards.
Secretary Jackson and his wife Marcia are the parents of two grown daughters. And his kids should be ashamed of a father that like Alphonso Jackson.
Jackson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has hung tough for months in the face of a widening criminal investigation into whether he misused his office to favor friends with housing contracts. Just last week, he blew off calls for his resignation from two senior Democratic senators who oversee HUD's funding and programs.
Jackson's staying power should not surprise his critics. He has one very powerful supporter -- President Bush, a close friend, who has given no indication that he plans to remove Jackson. Indeed, the White House issued a statement last week that the president "continues to have confidence in Secretary Jackson."
Still, some senior administration officials worry that Jackson's troubles could tarnish the final nine months of Bush's presidency, especially if disclosures continue about suspected ethical missteps. "That is an interesting dilemma he is getting into with the Hill," says one official, who asked to remain anonymous. "He is the secretary of the department, they control his budget, and he refuses to answer their questions. Obviously that's a concern."
Morale at HUD, meanwhile, is said to be sinking. "There are more resumes out on the street than you can believe," a department official says. "The political appointees are trying to get out of there ... and career people have no confidence in the secretary whatsoever." A longtime friend acknowledges that Jackson's ethics problems are obscuring important policy issues. "No one can get past the prism of this ethics issue," he says. "HUD is not an island. It needs the support of Congress ... and Jackson has lost the confidence of the people he needs to court."
Asked whether Jackson would stay on, spokesman Jerry Brown said he had nothing to add to a statement he issued after the calls for Jackson's resignation last week. Rather than responding to the resignation requests, Brown's statement blamed Congress for failing to pass legislation to stabilize the housing market.
Jackson has been under investigation since last year. The inquiry is headed by Justice Department prosecutors, and it includes a grand jury and the participation of agents from the FBI and the HUD inspector general's office. The probe is focused on his role in HUD contracting and on friends who purportedly benefited from his assistance. In an interview with the IG's office in July 2006, Jackson denied intervening in contracting awards. He later told a Senate panel, "I don't touch contracts." Those denials are at the heart of the criminal inquiry.
In its own review, National Journal has found that Jackson helped to arrange lucrative contract work for friends and associates at HUD-controlled housing authorities in New Orleans and the Virgin Islands.
One friend, William Hairston, said in an interview that Jackson helped him land a contracting job around January 2006 at the Housing Authority of New Orleans, or HANO. Hairston, a stucco contractor who lives in Hilton Head Island, S.C., was paid more than $485,000 for working as a construction manager at HANO during an 18-month period. Separately, Atlanta lawyer Michael Hollis, another Jackson friend, appears to have been paid about $1 million for managing the troubled Virgin Islands Housing Authority.
Additionally, HANO awarded a $127 million redevelopment project to a contracting team last year that included an Atlanta company, Columbia Residential, that has financial ties to Jackson. Before joining HUD as deputy secretary in 2001, Jackson was associated with Columbia Residential, which still owes him at least $250,000 "for past services," according to his financial disclosure reports.
Jackson has clearly frustrated some in Congress. Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, called for Jackson to resign after he repeatedly refused, in separate hearings, to respond to allegations of ethical misconduct. HUD must be headed by a leader who can "find solutions to the problems plaguing the housing and mortgage markets," the senators said. Jackson, they added in a letter to President Bush, has been irreparably crippled by the investigation.
Murray, who chairs the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, said in an interview that the Senate had given Jackson "a chance to clear his name, and he refused." Jackson oversees a sprawling $40 billion agency, Murray said, and he needs to demonstrate to taxpayers "that he is spending their money wisely," not on cronies.
Although the White House continues to support Jackson publicly, some think that the president may soon have to let his old friend go. "You have a housing crisis, families in peril, and a distracted HUD secretary," says a person who knows Bush and Jackson well. "The administration needs someone tending the boat 100 percent."
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. I am pleased to announce that I will nominate Alphonso Jackson, of Dallas, Texas, to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Since 2001, Alphonso Jackson has given fine service as Deputy Secretary of the Department, responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of HUD. In his career, Alphonso has been a senior administrator of housing agencies in three cities: St. Louis and Washington and Dallas. He's an experienced executive in the public and private sectors, a man who knows the issues facing HUD and knows how to get things done.
I can tell you from personal experience that Alphonso is a man of great integrity and compassion. We used to live in the same neighborhood in Dallas. (Laughter.) I used to drop by for an occasional cup of coffee -- sometimes unannounced. (Laughter.) I'm pleased that he has agreed to join my Cabinet.
I'm also grateful to former Secretary Martinez, Mel Martinez, for his outstanding leadership of HUD over the past three years. These have been years of important progress for the Department, for its mission and for the families across America that benefit from its good work. Over the last three years, home ownership in America has reached its highest level ever, and, in the last 18 months, more than a million minority citizens have become home owners.
As leader of HUD, Mel has repaid my confidence many times over. He is a good man and a good friend and I thank him for his service to our nation and I wish Mel and Kitty all the very best. (Applause.)
With the Senate's approval, Mel Martinez will be succeeded by another man who understands the struggles and hopes of urban America. Alphonso Jackson grew up in a family with 12 children, a housing challenge unto itself. (Laughter.)
His dad, Arthur, worked three jobs, educated his children, and instilled the values that have carried his son far in life. These values and experiences have also shaped the priorities Alphonso brings to his new assignment. He believes, as I do, that home ownership is a source of stability for our communities and a source of dignity for our families.
He believes our government can provide effective help to our fellow citizens who are homeless, and he has seen how entire neighborhoods can turn themselves around with strong local leadership and the help of our federal government. Alphonso is just the man to carry on the work of compassionate conservatism in America's cities. Laura and I have known Alphonso and Marcia for many years, they're close friends -- and I appreciate you coming, Marcia. I also want to welcome the other members of your family who are here.
Alphonso is a friend and he's one of the most experienced and respected authorities on housing policy in America. He will be a superb Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. I want to thank you for accepting this assignment and congratulate you, my friend. (Applause.)
DEPUTY SECRETARY JACKSON: Thank you, Mr. President. This is the highest honor, I think, that can be bestowed on an individual, is to be asked to serve your country. This would be reason enough to be grateful for this wonderful opportunity, but this occasion is especially meaningful to me, because I am being asked to take the leadership of HUD by a man who is such a great friend and a man who I hold in high personal and professional regards.
Mr. President, I am humbled by the faith you have placed in me and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my service to the Department in which I have such pride and such high expectations.
An inspector general's report charges that top U.S. housing official Alphonso Jackson urged staff members to favor friends of President Bush when awarding Department of Housing and Urban Development contracts. But investigators so far have found no direct proof that Jackson's staff obeyed.
His chief of staff told investigators that Jackson, the HUD secretary, "personally intervened with contractors whom he did not like . . . these contractors had Democratic political affiliations," says the report, a copy of which was made available to The Washington Post.
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