WASHINGTON – Two Democratic senators said Friday that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson, buffeted by allegations of cronyism and favoritism, should resign.
Sens. Patty Murray of Washington and Christopher Dodd of Connecticut said that Jackson’s problems represented a “worsening distraction” at HUD at a time when the nation needs a credible housing secretary who is beyond suspicion.
“It is time for Secretary Jackson to go,” Murray said.
Murray chairs a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on housing, while Dodd is chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. The pair sent a letter to President Bush urging him to request Jackson’s resignation.
Jackson has refused to answer questions about his role in a Philadelphia redevelopment deal. The city’s housing authority has filed a lawsuit charging that Jackson tried to punish the agency for nixing a deal involving music-producer-turned-developer Kenny Gamble, a friend of Jackson.