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Barry Says Ex Was Unstable; Gave Her Job Anyway

So Natalie Williams, Council member Marion Barry's spokeswoman, calls a press conference for 11 p.m. last night to respond to the Washington Post story that Barry hired his ex-girlfriend as a city contractor two months after they began dating.

Williams requested that television news stations carry her remarks live on the late news. Many obliged.

When the event began, Williams started her remarks by lashing out at Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, the ex-girlfriend who had been paid $5,000 a month to work on "poverty reduction strategies" in Ward 8.

Williams reiterated the Barry camp's claims that Watts-Brighthaupt is unstable. Williams also upped the ante by spewing unsubstantiated allegations about Watt-Brighthaupt's mental condition live on television.

The obvious question then, which I asked, is why did Barry hire Watts-Brighthaupt as a city contractor last October if he suspected she was "unstable?"

"Mr. Barry believed, based on her past qualifications, and based on the requirements needed for that particular job, that he felt she was qualified enough to actually do that job," Williams responded. "Ms. Watts was a friend of Mr. Barry's, yes, and so he in fact was trying to help as best he could and assist her with employment."

The Washington City Paper's Mike Debonis followed up by asking when Barry began to suspect that Watts-Brighthaupt was unstable, a charge she firmly denies.

According to city records, Barry hired Watts-Brighthaupt in October, asked that the contract be canceled in December, and then had it reinstated in February. In May, Barry requested that the Council secretary "expedite" payments to Watts-Brighthaupt for her services.

"I am uncertain of the time period," Williams responded.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  July 8, 2009; 10:31 AM ET
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Comments

Millions of people suffer from Depression, but otherwise lead completely normal lives.

Shame on CM Barry and his staff for demonizing someone because of the fact that they were brave enough to seek professional psychiatric care. There are many others, including Mr Barry and his staff, who could probably benefit from some help themselves.

The shame extends to the press for scooping up the bile being spewed by Mr. Barry's office and leaping to the conclusion that someone who is clinically depressed couldn't possibly be qualified to work for the government [or anywhere else?].

No wonder that the WP is on its last legs. This type of lazy, empty-headed reporting; nauseating.

Posted by: IHeartDC | July 8, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

What's wrong with Ward 8 they keep electing this moron, he makes DC a joke, get him out of there.

Posted by: dhartogs | July 8, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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