Tuesday, May 09, 2006

HUD SEC'Y: TOE THE PARTY LINE

Want to do business with the Department of Housing and Urban Development? Whatever you do, don't discuss politics. That's the message from HUD honcho Alphonso Jackson, who gave a speech in Dallas and made it clear that contractors must toe the party line to get work.

According to the Dallas Business Journal:
After discussing the huge strides the agency has made in doing business with minority-owned companies, 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."
It figures.

1 comment:

notafinga said...

God Bless America