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Council Calls Police To Kick Media Out Of Office

Media, hoping to get into a meeting where D.C. Council members are discussing Council member Marion Barry's latest scandal, were asked to leave the office of the council chairman minutes ago.

"Please leave or security will escort you out," Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), told the reporters as they tired to gain access to the meeting.

Several media outlets, including the Washington Post, protested. They believed it was a public meeting because a majority of council members, including Barry, were in attendance. At least one media outlet was consulting an attorney.

Gray called the meeting to discuss creating ethics policies and launching an investigation into a $5,000-a-month contract that Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) gave his then-girlfriend last year.

After reporters and camera operators had gathered in Gray's office to demand to enter a closed-door meeting, a security guard and police officer arrived. The police officer said they were called about "someone being disgruntled" in the office.

Nikita Stewart and Tim Craig

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 10, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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Sheer farce.

Posted by: IHeartDC | July 10, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

So why did the media leave? Why didn't they stand their ground? Show some backbone for Pete's sake.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | July 10, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is, I'm glad I don't live in DC. It seems that every politician they have is a liar, a cheat or a drug attic. Nice place to raise a family.

Posted by: askgees | July 10, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

@askgees: Clearly, wherever you live is a shining example of how we should all live our lives.

Posted by: thewrittenword | July 10, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Time to "clean house" on the Council, they're all circling the wagons in their mutual enabling society. Vote for anyone but the incumbent. That rids us of Barry, Bowser (Fenty's tool), Evans (no one should be there for life), ... and then next election a few more. Let's bring an end to business as usual in DC.
Obviously we also need to get a new mayor, but that's a separate issue.

Posted by: blankspace | July 10, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Just one embarrassment after another. "Life In The District" should be made into a movie. No one would believe Americans live in such a farcical world.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | July 10, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh, come on, people, you're not using your imaginations. Just think how much more entertaining this would be if the District were a state! Senator Marion Barry, Senator David Catania and Rep. Jim Graham. The District wouldn't have a deficit because we could sell tickets to the show!

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 10, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

These people are so disgusting. They are probably being secretive to air out how many of them are also paying friends, lovers, spouses, etc. w/taxpayers' money and then they will decide if they go public on chastizing Barry.
Please end this nonsense Congress and remove the City status from these crooks! (Yeah I know, fat chance w/obama & pelosi in charge!)

Posted by: familynet | July 10, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Dear askgees: I'm sure you live in a place where everyone is virtuous and sugar plum fairies dance in the air, but unless you've actually lived here in DC, why don't you keep your narrow minded, disparaging views to yourself. Like any large American city, DC has its troubles and its lousy politicians, but as most of us who actually know what we're talking about can tell you, it's a great place to live and raise a family.

Posted by: motoindc | July 10, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

did you hear that when marion barry was going to get a vasectomy he was all dressed up? When asked why, he said "gonna be impotent, wanna look impotent."

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | July 10, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

It's worth living next to D.C. just for the entertainment value. It's the one front on which the D.C. government never disappoints.

Posted by: stratman1 | July 10, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Passionate Obama supporter, Marion - the bi&&& set me up - Barry, today again expressed his dismay for being arrested.

Gee, Marion, couldn't the acorn folks help a brother out?

Hmm, how far do his crimes reach into the Obama administration?

Clearly the boy supports Obama - doesn't O'Bama support the boy?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | July 10, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Same old District of Corruption. Take away home rule and be done with it; the city clearly can't govern with such scumbags, liars, drug users, tax cheats and more on the council.

Shame on Marion Barry -- get out of of the District and go rot yourself with your drugs into hell where you belong.

Posted by: PostReader007 | July 10, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The Council rules of procedure state:

305. Meetings Open to the Public

All meetings of the Council at which official action is taken shall be open to the public. No resolution, rule, act, or other official action shall be effective unless taken, made, or enacted at an open meeting.

Posted by: dkimball1 | July 10, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Which party runs most major cities and for that matter state governments - corrupt, racist, democrats............

Posted by: goziner | July 10, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick to my stomach of hearing about Marion Barry good-fo-nothing...all he's good for is fooling his constituents, the council, and the nation...doesn't he have any integrity? At the very core of this on-going drama is that he represents the nation's this the best we got? Chairman, by tomorrow, I better hear you have reprimanded Mr. pubilicy..just like he has embarrased the nation's capitol! It seems all he cares about is instant gratification! And, that woman is f*&%4gly! Barry must be desparate...woe him!

Posted by: nicoya216 | July 10, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Barry must be senile..or in the early stages of Alzheimer’s...he can no longer serve this city. It's time to step Marion, you are a disgrace to the nation and makins a mockery out of what Obama is trying to accomplish.

Posted by: nicoya216 | July 10, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Barry has always and will always take care of his own. That is how he has bought loyalty. The majority of his constituents don't really care what he gets caught doing. He'll get reelected to some post within DC Government.

DC Government continues its well deserved reputation of being corrupt and incompetent. It is why I am opposed to DC getting representation. If the residents don't like it, move to a state where representation is guaranteed by our Constitution. Until that time, shut up.

DC Government - Fenty, the Attorney General and the Police Chief set up checkpoints to illegally stop and question people to determine if they were allowed in the Trinidad Section. The Courts backed this unconstitional behavior. Finally, the U.S. Court of Appeals called it what it is; unconstitutional. I am still shocked that Fenty and Co. acted in this manner. To me, it was criminal.

Unless you are affluent, DC is a terrible place to raise a family. The whiners don't live or spend anytime in the ghetto areas of DC. How many of you live in Trinidad?

Posted by: neil64 | July 10, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is, I'm glad I don't live in DC. It seems that every politician they have is a liar, a cheat or a drug attic. Nice place to raise a family.

Posted by: askgees | July 10, 2009 5:57 PM
What's a drug attic?

Can I grow pot there?

Posted by: sugarstreet | July 10, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

So askgees, where do you live?

Posted by: tslats | July 10, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

The Council has long held an informal policy of holding closed-door sessions, where decisions are made and deals are brokered. Media may sometimes be allowed to attend, but certainly not the general public (including those who watch local politics closely). Advocates have tried attending such meetings -- where deals are clearly being made -- and been turned away.

The Council rule that meetings will be open only when "official action is taken" falls short of the ideal of government transparency and discourages public accountability.

There will always be behind-the-scenes deal-making, but closing meetings to the public even though the majority of members are present is taking it too far.

Posted by: swannie1 | July 14, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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