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Barry Aide Talks About Plans

Keith Andrew Perry couldn't resist the D.C. Wire's quest to learn what he plans to do this time after leaving the John A. Wilson Building.

Barry's soon-to-be-former chief of staff, who will depart on Friday, called to say he's launching a consulting business. He's been toying with the idea for more than a year.

In January, Perry drafted plans to start a communications business, Progressive Strategic Intelligence. Despite his background, the company will not solely focus on political consulting. Working with two silent partners, whom he wouldn't identify, Perry said they will consult with businesses on how to reach out to other businesses and improve their communication with government entities. (Does that translate into helping companies win government contracts?) They also plan to work with nonprofit groups to help them convey their mission and message.

"I see us as a kind of a hybrid," Perry said. "It's not a lobbying shop, not a public relations shop and it's not political consulting. It's a combination of all three. Those skill sets have been acquired over my 20 years in D.C. politics."

When it became clear Barry was going to run for reelection, Perry said he figured it was time for "a clear break for both of us."

Barry agreed. Yesterday, the council member said he wished Perry the best.

"This was very much done in concert with Council member Barry," Perry said. "He was very much aware of my desire to maximize my experience in the public sector."

As the Wire told you yesterday, Perry has left the council before. In 2005, he worked for Council member Kwame R. Brown. He came to work for Barry in April 2006 as his legislative director and six months later was named chief of staff.

"I feel like I received a Ph.D in political science working for him," Perry said. "Working for the council, the degree of commitment [required begins] to wear on you financially and on your personal life."

Now, the Wire wants to know who Barry will announce as his fourth chief of staff and when will his new aide take over?

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  April 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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