DeBonis: Will Marion Barry get his committee back?
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:
Christopher Dean Hopkins
June 4, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
Categories: 2010 District Election , Marion Barry , Mike DeBonis
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