Former Mayor Henry Cisneros said Friday he accepted a request to serve on an advisory council for ACORN in order to help the community organizing group recently rocked by allegations of corruption.
Cisneros, who worked closely with ACORN on housing issues during his stint as HUD secretary, said ACORN representatives approached him â€?about six weeks agoâ€? to help the organization deal with the voter-registration crisis. He added that his advisory role simply took on greater urgency this week with the emergence of the video....
Cisneros said the advisory council consists of â€?five or six peopleâ€? and is attempting to recruit a prominent individual who can conduct a thorough review of ACORN.
â€?We're advising that they find someone who is regarded by the country as beyond reproach, a very high-level person, like a Sen. (George) Mitchell, who did this with baseball, or Warren Christopher, who weighed in after the riots in Los Angeles. Someone whose recommendations would be accepted.â€?