“He had made every effort to get a contract with HUD for 10 years,” Jackson said of the prospective contractor. “He made a heck of a proposal and was on the (General Services Administration) list, so we selected him. He came to see me and thank me for selecting him. Then he said something … he said, ‘I have a problem with your president.’
“I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘I don’t like President Bush.’ I thought to myself, ‘Brother, you have a disconnect — the president is elected, I was selected. You wouldn’t be getting the contract unless I was sitting here. If you have a problem with the president, don’t tell the secretary.’
“He didn’t get the contract,” Jackson continued. “Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the president, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the president? Logic says they don’t get the contract. That’s the way I believe.”
Of course, that’s such a big black eye on the agency, Jackson immediately went into spin control once the kajillion reporters called his office with a huge WTF moment. Here’s what their spokeswoman is saying now:
A spokeswoman acknowledged that Jackson told the story. But, she said, the story was untrue.
”The secretary’s story was anecdotal. He is not part of the contracting process,” said HUD spokeswoman Dustee Tucker. ”He was trying to explain to this group how politics works in D.C.”
Actually, it was an excellent lesson in how political cronyism works, which is what this administration has become famous for.