This morning, my cubiclemate, Ann Marimow, reported on allegations that Kwame Brown, running for chairman of the D.C. Council, secured an endorsement from Ward 8 council member Marion Barry in return for promising him the chair of the powerful economic development committee -- allegations aired by Brown's opponent, Vincent Orange, and denied by Brown.
Medium-length-story short: It's a low-rent version of the horse-training dust-up that President Barack Obama now finds himself amid.
Whatever. The larger question remains: What happens to Barry under a Chairman Brown or a Chairman Orange?
Barry, of course, was stripped of his chairmanship of the housing committee as punishment for handing a council contract to his girlfriend and abusing budget earmarks. Question is: Will his banishment from his committee chairmanship stand? Or will he be allowed to once again oversee a portion of the city budget, conduct agency oversight, and get a big boost to his office budget?
The decision will lie in the hands of the new chairman. Has Barry permanently forfeited his right to oversee city funds? Or -- as his attorney, Fred Cooke, has put it -- has he "served enough time in the penalty box"?
To get Brown's and Orange's thoughts, read the full post on DeBonis . Or read one of his other posts from today: