Barry apologizes for awarding contract to ex
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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