Drugs, tax evasion and now stalking? Marion Barry determined to remain Really Bad Boss icon
Not content with being remembered as the mayor caught on tape smoking crack, former DC mayor Marion Barry was arrested last Saturday night for allegedly stalking a female companion. The woman who made the complaint dined with Barry earlier in the day, but apparently he was still hungry when he saw her again later that day at a July 4th celebration. The woman flagged police officers down as she was driving and told them that Barry was chasing her in another car. Barry was charged with misdemeanor stalking and released. In fairness to Barry, he had not been smoking crack at the time of his arrest, although he is still on probation on federal charges resulting from him not paying his taxes EIGHT TIMES IN NINE YEARS.
Marion Barry deserves a Really Bad Boss Lifetime Achievement Award for his political contributions. In fact, we might give him two. He set the bar for really bad political behavior which the likes of Blagojevich and his ilk have spent their entire political careers desperately attempting to fling themselves over. You may remember Barry, who in 1990 was famously caught on tape smoking crack. As is par for the course with politicians, he initially denied wrong doing, and then claimed he’d been set up (because apparently it’s really easy to get a sitting mayor, who claims he’s never smoked crack to smoke crack, if you just ask him if he wants some…and hand him a lighter.) After serving six months in federal prison, the mayor was actually reelected in 1994, going on to serve as mayor through 1999. Seriously. It even says so in Wikipedia, and as a backup source, I’m old enough to remember it. During his tenure, crack became DC’s state flower (ok, I made that part up.)
Barry’s spokesperson, Natalie Williams, said Barry was unavailable for comment on Sunday because he was in church all day. We’re taking up a collection to help him lease an entire pew and a VIP parking spot at the church. He needs them.
You can read more about Barry’s arrest here. Submit your nominees for The Really Bad Boss Lifetime Achievement Award in the comment section after the jump.