According to CNN, “Jackson told the real estate conference he killed a deal with a prospective HUD contractor after the owner told him he had "a problem with your president," the Dallas Business Journal reported earlier this week. Even though the contractor had "made a heck of a proposal," Jackson reportedly said, "he didn't get the contract."
"Why should I reward someone who doesn't like the president, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the president?" Jackson was quoted as saying. "Logic says they don't get the contract. That's the way I believe."
The remarks prompted Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey to call for Jackson's head. In a letter to Bush, Lautenberg said imposing "political litmus tests" for government contracts violates federal law, "undermines the integrity of our government and leads to the waste of taxpayer dollars.
"If the secretary's statements are an accurate report of his actions, it would be appropriate that he be asked to promptly resign from office," Lautenberg wrote.”