He's baaaack! Just when you though democracy was safe, Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry is running for another term of office on the DC City Council. Having turned 75 and suffering from multiple health issues (prostate cancer, a kidney transplant and a gunshot wound), it was thought that Barry would consider retiring.
Barry is full of spice and vinegar, still putting the blame on others for his "issues" and "challenges" which seem to multiply rather than disperse with time. Whether stalking a girlfriend or making outrageous statements or using government resources for questionable activities, Barry seems to continue to be a scandal magnet. And the 8th Ward continues to elect him into office.
His campaign path will not be free and clear, however, with several candidates stepping up to try to really represent the 8th Ward of the District. One opponent in particular hits the nail on the head:
"The same problems people had before he came to the city, they still have ... jobs, housing, the same problems," said Sandra Seegars, a longtime community activist who's running against Barry. "Ward 8 has not really improved."
Hmmmmmmmm. Wonder why?