Embattled HUD chief said to be leaving

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

There's word that an embattled member of the Bush cabinet is on his way out.

A government official says Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson is resigning today. It was first reported by the Wall Street Journal's Web site. The official offers no reason but Jackson is under criminal investigation.

Prominent members of Congress have been calling for his resignation over allegations of cronyism and favoritism. Democratic Senators Patty Murray and Christopher Dodd say his problems have become a "worsening distraction" for HUD at a time when the nation needs a housing chief who's beyond suspicion.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is taking Jackson to court, complaining he cut off federal funding for a public housing program because the authority rejected a business deal benefiting one of his friends.

The Housing Department has scheduled an announcement for this morning.

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