Yesterday we introduced you to Dustee Tucker, the HUD spokeshottie who has been trying to spin Secretary Alphonso Jackson’s recent, ill-considered remarks about the awarding of government contracts. Shortly after this matter blew up, Dustee Tucker left the office on leave, as reported by Think Progress.
When a scandal erupts and someone goes (or gets placed) on leave, it often looks highly suspicious. For example, Brian Doyle — the DHS official accused of trying to seduce a minor using a computer — was initially placed on administrative leave, before resigning from his post.
But with Dustee, it appears that she’s just on vacation. Sometimes a “scheduled leave” is just a “scheduled leave.” An operative advises us:
Read your coverage on Dustee Tucker. I know three facts:
1. She was voted most beautiful in high school.
2. She’s single.
3. As we speak, she is on vacation in
MalibuHawaii [per the Dallas Morning News]. Poor girl, I hear it is her first in over a year.
For those of you who can’t get enough of Dustee, some additional info about her from a college classmate appears after the jump.
A college classmate of Dustee’s at the University of North Texas had praise for her student government service. At UNT, she served as vice-president of the student body. Here’s what our source had to say:
[As VP, Dustee] was very dedicated and hard-working… I ended up respecting her quite a bit. I did hear that she got her first position in D.C. due to a family connection (aunt was in the cabinet or high up in some department). But I would imagine she has risen because she is driven to succeed.
Indeed. And her striking good looks probably haven’t hurt!