Barry to Submit Soccer Bill From ... Africa?
Marion Barry says he expects to be part of a coalition that will introduce soccer stadium legislation at the D.C. Council's legislative meeting Tuesday. But he will do it by proxy -- the council member said he is headed to Africa tomorrow for a week-long conference in Tanzania.
The conference is for the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation, founded to promote political and entrepeneurial leadership. Barry said he will be gone for a week.
With Barry absent, the heavy lifting will fall to Jack Evans (D) and Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D-At Large) to get the majority support for the bill. Without promises from fellow council members to co-sponsor, the bill could be delayed, city government sources said yesterday.
Barry remained hopeful, saying he has a draft copy of the soccer stadium legislation. Evans also reportedly has a copy.
"This is a high-profile issue," Barry said yesterday in his office. "I regret I will not be here if it comes about."
David A Nakamura
May 29, 2008; 9:54 AM ET
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