WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson
has been fending off allegations of cronyism and favoritism
involving HUD contractors.
Jackson -- who's 62 -- cited personal and family matters.
Jackson says he's spent more than 30 years improving housing
opportunities for all Americans.
Jackson has been friends with President Bush since the 1980s
when they lived in the same Dallas neighborhood.
Jackson was the first black leader of the Dallas Housing
Authority and led American Electric Power-TEXAS in Austin.
In 2006, Jackson triggered an inquiry when he told a Dallas
business group he'd revoked a contract because the applicant who
thanked him -- said he didn't like President Bush.
Jackson later told investigators he lied when he made the remark
about taking back the contract.
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