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Posted at 3:01 PM ET, 02/23/2010

Barry apologizes for awarding contract to ex

By Washington Post editors

D.C Council member Marion Barry (D) apologized Tuesday for causing "great embarrassment to the city and City Council" for awarding a city contract to a woman he had been dating.

Barry made his apology one week after Attorney Robert S. Bennett issued a report concluding that the councilman may have violated numerous laws when he hired Donna Watts-Brighthaupt.

Speaking in the vestibule of Union Temple Baptist Church in Southeast, Barry denied he did anything illegal but said he was sorry for his "very, very poor judgment."

"Even though there was no violation of conflict of interest, there was a violation of the law of good and sound judgment," Barry said. "I should have known that even though there was no law against it, it didn't look good. It raises many questions."

Barry declined to answer questions after he read his statement.

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By Washington Post editors  | February 23, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
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Damn, can't a man procure a little pung-tang without all this media coverage? What we have here is is nothing but a misunderstanding. These procurement regulations are always changing and Mr. Barry is a busy, busy man. He ain't got time to keep up with all this regulation mess.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | February 23, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Will the Lady recede the contract, it would be a honorable thing to do, but there is no honor anoung seekers of greed.

Posted by: akeegan2 | February 23, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Strange how Democrats always get a pass. This man is a disgrace.

Posted by: Kansasgirl | February 23, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, since he apologized, let's forget all about it. He's led such an exemplary life otherwise.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | February 23, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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