Friday, May 12, 2006

That Mr. Jackson would commit an illegal act -- and rescinding government contracts for political reasons is illegal -- was strange. Stranger still was the fact that Mr. Jackson, a former head of the Dallas Housing Authority with many years of government experience, apparently didn't know that such behavior is illegal, since he bragged about it in public. Even more peculiar were the later justifications offered by his spokeswoman, Dustee Tucker, who, speaking as if she knew of the incident, told the Dallas Morning News that the contractor in question had been rude to Mr. Jackson, "trashing, in a very aggressive way," the HUD secretary and the president.

But hold on, because the story took an even more bizarre turn when Mr. Jackson issued a statement declaring that he -- and presumably Ms. Tucker -- had fabricated the entire story. "During my tenure, no contract has ever been rewarded, rejected or rescinded due to the personal or political beliefs of the recipient," he stated. It was, Ms. Tucker added, "a made-up story," intended to demonstrate how people in Washington "will come in, trash you, trash the president and then ask you for money."
Apparently this isn't the first time.