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DeBonis: Will Marion Barry get his committee back?

Cross-posted from Debonis, the blog of the newest member of The Post's local politics team. Follow him on Twitter.

This morning, my cubiclemate, Ann Marimow, reported on allegations that Kwame Brown, running for chairman of the D.C. Council, secured an endorsement from Ward 8 council member Marion Barry in return for promising him the chair of the powerful economic development committee -- allegations aired by Brown's opponent, Vincent Orange, and denied by Brown.

Medium-length-story short: It's a low-rent version of the horse-training dust-up that President Barack Obama now finds himself amid.

Whatever. The larger question remains: What happens to Barry under a Chairman Brown or a Chairman Orange?

Barry, of course, was stripped of his chairmanship of the housing committee as punishment for handing a council contract to his girlfriend and abusing budget earmarks. Question is: Will his banishment from his committee chairmanship stand? Or will he be allowed to once again oversee a portion of the city budget, conduct agency oversight, and get a big boost to his office budget?

The decision will lie in the hands of the new chairman. Has Barry permanently forfeited his right to oversee city funds? Or -- as his attorney, Fred Cooke, has put it -- has he "served enough time in the penalty box"?

To get Brown's and Orange's thoughts, read the full post on DeBonis. Or read one of his other posts from today:

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 4, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
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Councilmember Brown is a want to be mayor:

Started out running for mayor and had a few draft kwame signs in ward 7, and changed course when fellow ward 7 Chairman Gray announced. and decided to want to be a chair of the dc council.

Said that he had an MBA from Harvard when he first ran for office-turned out to be a two week attendance certificate for a seminar.

Paid a consultant firm located in MD which hired his brother and father for campaign activities.

Has put forth the names of his school friends for contracts with private developers and the DC government.

Kwame cannot be trusted and he gets his contract deal making experience from his
former boss courtland cox who has made a killing working at the Sports and Entertainment Commission and now at the Public Schools Facilities Office for Lew, as a consultant.

Make no mistake about it, he would make a deal with the devil, for money or power with Barry.

Posted by: maserfentyaintnogood | June 7, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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