The growing scandal around Marion Barry becomes operatic. Records show the ethically challenged Washington D.C. Council member and former mayor apparently directed nearly $1 million in city funds to groups under the control of his own staff. The newly anti-gay Barry blames the investigation on an openly gay Council member, reports Gay Politics.
Barry is accusing his openly gay colleague, David Catania, of targeting him on unrelated ethics questions because Barry refused to support a measure that resulted in the District government recognizing legally-married same-sex couples, according to report by a local FOX News affiliate. Barry, a longtime supporter of LGBT rights in D.C., has cited dischord between the LGBT community and African-American religious leaders for his current stance on marriage equality.
At stake is nearly $1 million in city funds directed to six alleged non-profit groups in SE Washington DC. Washington City Paper reports: "The [incorporation] documents were drawn up by paid Barry staffers and notarized by a close political ally of Barry." In addition, a woman who managed one of the groups claims Barry's office forged her signature on fraudulent documents. Catania wants the Inspector General to investigate.
The four-times married, ex-convict, tax-evading crack addict caught in an FBI sting with a prostitute recently declared himself one of the city's "moral leaders." Barry, who is currently married, is also being investigated for giving his girlfriend a job and has been charged with stalking her in a public park. Will he also blame this on "teh gays"? And what does fellow "moral leader" and anti-gay crusader Bishop Harry Jackson (@BishopHarry) think about Barry's stalking and extra-marital sexcapades?