Saturday, April 05, 2008

Another One Bites The Dust

The exodus continues from the Bush Administration, this time Alphonso Jackson is stepping down from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"There comes a time when one must attend more diligently to personal and family matters," Jackson said in a statement. "Now is such a time for me." Noting that as secretary he had "improved housing opportunities for all Americans," Jackson said "he took great pride" in increased homeownership by minorities. "My life's work has been to build better communities that families are proud to call home," he said.

How noble. Or maybe could this be the reason?

The FBI is looking into whether he acted criminally with regard to steering government business to a friend. Mr. Jackson is also under separate investigations by a federal grand jury and the Justice Department, and he had recently angered members of Congress by stonewalling their inquiries.

With the ever growing list of Bush Administration officials that resigned under less than ideal circumstances, I'm betting it was the latter. Whatever the reason, I say good riddance.

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