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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Oppose the prez, lose your government contract.

That's what happened to one winning bidder when he told Housing and Urban Development secretary Alphonso Jackson that he had 'a problem with your president.'

And what's worse, reports the Dallas Business Journal, is that Jackson bragged about rescinding the contract during a speech in late April.

Jackson closed with a cautionary tale, relaying a conversation he had with a prospective advertising contractor.

"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."

So why aren't Democrats demanding that this guy be fired?

Via Atrios.

More: Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg is demanding that Duyba fire Jackson.

In addition, US representatives Barney Frank and Henry Waxman are demanding that Dubya's administration provide them with all documents relating to the contract decision reported by the Dallas Business Journal:

"The Bush Administration has a track record of rewarding its friends and ignoring the rules," said Rep. Waxman, Ranking Member of the House Government Reform Committee. "The government has no right to blatantly withhold contracts simply because an American citizen dislikes the President. This raises new questions about the integrity and judgment of the Bush Administration."

"Politics has no place in the awarding of federal contracts. If the report in the Dallas Business Journal is accurate — and it is a highly respected publication — then President Bush must repudiate these comments, reverse HUD's course and assure the American people that politics plays no role in the government contracting process," said Rep. Frank, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee.

Frank and Waxman are also calling for an investigation of all contracting decisions that Alphonso has been involved with during his tenure at HUD.

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