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Loose Lips Quotes of 2009: Marion Barry (Again)

"I am a politician who is moral."

—Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, April 28

That quote came from a pivotal April rally of conservative clergy to protest gay marriage. And that’s all you need to know about how this coalition fared in 2009. Events later in the year would tamp down Barry's moralizing, but his anti-marriage stance would persist sans sermons. As the marriage debate continued through the year, Barry's earth-shattering irony gave way to plain-old political pandering; he eventually explained his vote to a reporter as such: "Politically you can't keep going against your community or they'll put you out of office." Never mind that he possibly holds the safest seat in all of D.C.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • Rick Mangus

    A very ignorant man who keep playing the race card to get re-elected by stupid ignorant people.

  • Truth Hurts

    Barry's a disgrace. In a crowded, competitive field, he wins the prize for most damaging DC's image nationally.

  • Five to Go

    And some dumb-ass Americans voted for George W. Bush twice.
    It could be said that there are some dumb-ass Americans outside of DC.