Loose Lips

Council Report on Marion Barry Set to Drop Monday

Hey, remember Marion Barry? Four-term mayor turned Ward 8 councilmember, took $6,800 in gifts from city contractors? The fight over the Large Retailer Accountability Act has made it hard to keep track of the mayor-for-life's latest ethics mess, but he'll be back in the news Monday, when the D.C. Council committee that was created to decide what to do with Barry releases its findings.

Committee chairman Kenyan McDuffie tells LL that his ad hoc committee, which also includes Anita Bonds, David GrossoYvette Alexander, and Mary Cheh, will meet Council Chair Phil Mendelson's deadline to release the report by Tuesday's first Council session.

The committee could recommend that the full Council vote to censure, reprimand, or expel Barry, though that last option is unlikely. Barry could also lose control of his Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs, which covers a hodgepodge of issues including parks, gay rights, and, ironically, Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.

He's already been fined $13,600 by the Board of Ethics and Government Affairs for taking the money, which he reportedly needed in part to pay his bills. 

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • John Smith

    Shouldn't this guy be in jail or under it?

  • NE John

    Those around Barry, please treat him to cholesterol laden foods, fats like heated, deep fried fats and oils (e.g., Gwaltney Great Dogs Chicken Franks contain 10 or 11 grams of fat per frank), lots of refined sugar products (e.g., Entemann's Rich Frosted Donut Variety Pack has as much saturated fat as 9 strips of bacon (10 grams)). I will gladly reimburse you.

  • Marvin E. Adams

    There are a few councilmembers, of note, conspicouously missing from this "committee." Councilmemebrs Bowser, Evans and Wells are no where to be found. Could it have a little something to do with the fact that they are all running for a certain office?

    Bowser had an opportunity to put some teeth into the Ethics Bill, but alas, it did not happen. And now, she she is extremely conspicuous by her silence, even though she was one of the very first to call on Mayor Gray to resign, due tp the revellations concerning the "shadow campaign."

    What am I missing here?, or is it just me. I'm just saying...

  • Ward2guy

    The voters in Ward 8 who continually re-elect Marion Barry are fools.

  • blkwrestl

    The only fools are those in Ward 2 who continue to vote for Evans. He has many skeletons

  • Big Daddy

    Well is Evans has skeletons, he's a lot smarter than Barry, cuz I don't remeber Evans facing the Ethics panel or censure or having lost committee assignment a few years ago, or being a national joke for smoking crack on video, or ........

  • Marvin E. Adams

    I find it extremely interesting that the three (3) councilmembers running for the Office of Mayor are conspicuouosly absent from this ad hoc committee. Is is merely a coincidence or happenstance that Bowser, Evans and Wells are missing.

    Speaking of Bowser; she had a golden opportunity to put some real teeth into the Ethihcs Reform Bill, but as well all are aware by now, it didn't happen.

  • sticktoyourguns

    why should he go to jail when there are others sitting on the council who have done the samething??

  • sticktoyourguns

    the dumbest of them all are the ward 4 votes who vote for "if I only had a brain bowser"

  • Peter Zubrowski

    I live in Ward 8 and I am not a fan of Barry at all. He is worthless to this ward and needs to be unseated immediately.