DFW VP Quits Amid Investigation Of Congresswoman’s Scholarships

By Jack Fink, CBS 11 News

DFW AIRPORT (CBSDFW.com) – A DFW International Airport vice-president quit Thursday morning amid an investigation into a college scholarship his daughter received from Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

Don O’Bannon told me he submitted his resignation earlier this morning.

During a phone interview, O’Bannon said, “I’m just tired, and I feel it’s better to move on.”  He declined an on-camera interview.

The airport placed O’Bannon on paid leave last October and hired former U.S. Attorney Richard Roper to look into the scholarship and determine if any airport policies were violated.

No word from the airport yet if Roper has concluded his investigation.  Roper also declined to comment for this story, and referred us to the airport.

This morning O’Bannon wouldn’t say if he has been cleared by the airport in that investigation.

But his ex-wife told us last October that O’Bannon had nothing do with their daughter receiving the scholarship whatsoever.

O’Bannon oversaw the airport’s contracts with minority and women-owned businesses.

Congresswoman Johnson has financial ties to two newsstands at DFW.

The Congresswoman faced scrutiny last year after the Dallas Morning News reported she improperly awarded scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to family members and to her aides’ children.

Johnson repaid the Foundation.

O’Bannon has been an airport vice-president for eight and a half years.

He says he has a lot of leads in pursuing a new job, but says, “I’m proud of my track record at DFW.  I created a national model for minority participation, one that has been recognized by the FAA.”

DFW airport has not commented on O’Bannon’s resignation yet.

Comments

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  1. Hemroidious says:

    OMG ! I could have gone another year or ten without seeing EBJ’s crooked face again. Talk about pulling the scab off an sore ! If she had any shame she would do the same.

    1. The Pagan Perspective says:

      OMG ! He could have gone another year or ten with a paycheck, just like EBJ’s two crooked faces are still doing. Talk about pulling a scab off the government payroll ! She has no shame she would not do the same, (resign for the betterment of the office she holds or the people of the TX-30. What a shameful example of a human being.

    2. Michael Spurlock says:

      That’s odd.
      No party affiliation listed for the corrupt CongressThing.

  2. MG says:

    Big deal. Its normal for the criminal culture involved.

  3. Elmer says:

    She is a crook, plain and simple.

  4. MH says:

    It’s called a kickback. “If you award me the newsstands I want, business, I’ll give your daughter a scholarship, and no one will ever know.” It’s not “against policy”, it’s illegal.

  5. Glen says:

    MH got it exactly right!

  6. Steve says:

    We are finding out more and more how Black is just as corrupt as White.

  7. TW says:

    I’m a contractor. The minority set-aside programs are a joke. It’s legalized extortion. A minority company (shell company) can merely pass thru materials or equipment or services and never step foo on the jobsite but they still get their money for playing the game. I call it “wellfare with dignity”. But we all know what it really is. Social justice.

  8. Eric Williams says:

    all the contracts at DFW are a joke, if your into the kickback scheme your going to make lots of money if not your going to suffer! I’m glad to see him go he only helped the minority companies that can help him. DFW needs to look at how these contracts are awarded.

  9. Ron says:

    Looks like Johnson believes “what is power for, except to help your family and friends, as well as to influence other people?”

  10. Ed says:

    Don is just tired. It has nothing to do with those “benefits” that came his way from Eddie Bernice. He’s just worn out from that tough desk duty.

  11. The Pagan Perspective says:

    OMG ! He could have gone another year or ten with a paycheck, just like EBJ’s two crooked faces are still doing. Talk about pulling a scab off the government payroll ! She has no shame she would not do the same, (resign for the betterment of the office she holds or the people of the TX-30. What a shameful example of a human being.

  12. DBULL says:

    At least this guy has a little dignity left, and is resiging. he is doing the right thing. EBJ doesn’t know what the right thing is. She is ghetto crook through and through.

  13. Stoshio says:

    She is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. And he must be, as well. Moving on from a successful career just like that? He’s just getting out of the line of fire and distancing himself from EBJ. Smart move. And he didn’t know anything about the girl receiving the scholarship? Yeah, right. Oh well, if her constituency refuses to think for themselves and do some research on her and continue to vote for her then they deserve her.

    1. Bycrooks says:

      Crook, crook, crook, she belongs in jail with the rest of the crooks from Dallas County. Most of them are b…. for some reason, guess it just runs that way.

  14. A DFW contractor says:

    DFW Airport Contracting department will tell you point blank when you attend one of their pre-bid meetings not to even bother submitting a bid if you don’t include a SUBSTANTIAL amount of minorities in your bid package. I was insulted by that little disclaimer… basically DFW airport is saying all our money is reserved for minorities.. not the rest of you DFW business community.

    I hope they all get burned by the a corruption probe.. they deserve it.

  15. Angry Taxpayer says:

    The REAL scam is that we pay for these stinking extortionists to rob us blind.
    Con Black Caucus is gang of dim witted thugs.

  16. legalatina says:

    I wish Mr. “Post-racial” President would have the courage and character to sponsor legislation that would end all race/ethnic based caucuses in Congress and change federal law to ban any contractual favoritism based on race/ehtnicity/gender etc .

  17. Who Cares says:

    fscking idiot a$$hle – did you think we would never find out?

    you can run, but you can’t hide – admit your improprie3ties now – before we decide you are unworthwy for hiding it from us…

  18. Wilsonian says:

    Wow! Once again it involves Negroes. What a shock.

  19. George B says:

    “…I created a national model for minority participation, one that has been recognized by the FAA.”

    I’m curious what “minority” means in this case?

    1) “minority” = not Caucasian male
    2) “minority” = not Caucasian
    3) “minority” = non-Asian minority = African American or Latino
    4) “minority” = African American only

    Never sure if guys with last names like Nguyen, Li, and Patel have a shot at minority contracts.

    1. T says:

      YUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOTS OF TIMES THE CAUCASIANS ARE EDUCATED ENOUGH TO GET AN AFRICAN AMERICAN FOR A PARTNER SO THEY ALSO CAN CASH IN ON THE GOODIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. HoldOnSweetie says:

    “Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Quits Amid Investigation Of Scholarships” now that would be news. “Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Investigated in Another Scholarship Bribe” that’s not news.
    Oh look! Wasn’t that Sarah Palin on that grassyi knoll in Tucson?

  21. willie says:

    how about a little jail time?

  22. Capn Rusty says:

    Obama and the UAW. The rot starts at the top.

  23. t says:

    have a re-call election and get the woman out of office…

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