With that in mind, here’s a story that appeared in the New York Times last Thursday (a little late on this, I know)…
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 — The Justice Department is investigating ties between Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson and a friend of Mr. Jackson’s who was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by him for rebuilding work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, federal officials said Thursday.I really don’t know what to say about Jackson as I read this story (as well as rereading this prior post, and georgia10 has more here).
The investigation, they said, centers in part on whether Mr. Jackson was fully truthful in Congressional testimony and in interviews with federal investigators when he said he had not steered housing contracts to friends and administration supporters.
I mean, we know Bushco is a bunch of crooks, but is it asking too much to at least keep quiet about it? Don’t they have some kind of a playbook written by Karl Rove telling the people in this administration to shut their respective pie holes when they’re doling out work to their buddies (in this case, about $485,000 from Jackson to his friend William Hairston, whose only apparent qualification is that he’s a golfing partner with Jackson in Hilton Head, S.C. where Hairston lives, as noted in the story)?
The good news for Jackson is that this is supposedly going to be investigated by the Justice Department, assuming the DOJ can get its own act together under Michael Mukasey; somehow, with the endless stream of Bushco malfeasance, I have a feeling this will be determined as something less than a priority (which, of course, is a tragedy in particular for the people depicted in this video).