"The Buying and Selling of the D.C. City Council," a 253-page, $3-a-copy book by maverick Democratic Council member Douglas E. Moore, is scheduled to released officially later this week.
The book was published by Moore, who two weeks ago was asking at least $5,000 from any television station or daily newspaper seeking pre-publication rights. There were no takers.
The paperbound book is largely a compendium of public documents interspersed with editorial comments from Moore. It is aimed at buttressing Moore's longtime contention that his two archrivals on the council - Chairman Sterling Tucker and at-large memberMarion Barry - are tools [WORD ILLEGIBLE]the city's business community.
he Mooe book is undoubtedly a "first" of sorts in the still-infant history of renewed home rule in the city. No other politician or public official involved in the city's short decade of political activity has published a book about his or her experiences.
The timing of the publication coincides with Moore's candicacy for City Council chairman in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary election. It is written, Moore states at its beginning, to provide "an inside view" of the past four years of City Council activities.
"When you go to vote (and you must vote this year before it's too late for all of us) send us people who will help turn the tide in the other direction," the book reads. "Send people to the District Building who can't be bought, who will work for you; people with integrity who will be true 'public representatives'and not 'private representatives' of special interests."
Already, the book has stirred interest in city hall, with several council members asking Moore, half jokingly, if they would be in it.
The two major targets of Moore's journalistic wrath offered differing responses.
Barry, who is running for major, called it a "silly venture" and an effort by Moore to "cover up for his lack of work (on the council) and his lack of representative of the people."
Tucker, who is also running for mayor, aimed his response at Mayor Walter E. Washington, who is virtually uncriticized in the book and who has been generally strongly supported in the past politically by Moore. Tucker implied that the book was a Washington campaign play.
"Mr. Moore's extraordinary assault makes it obvious just how desperate some in the campaign for mayor have become," Tucker said in a response read by his deputy campaign manager, Lee Carty.
"Maybe desperate campaigns are inevitable," Tucker said. "But I believe our city would be better off if each candidate for mayor - including the mayor himself - did his own talking and talked about his own vision for our city for the next four years."
Washington's campaign manager, Lacy Streeter, said Washington had nothing to do with publication of the Moore book.
The book accuses Barry and Tucker of making unsubstantiated "deals" with city businessmen to defeat legislative measures that would have increased the financial burdens of the city's business community. It also alleges - again without complete substantiation - that Tucker's office improperly awarded a city computer service contract.
Moore contends that s $124,826 contract was awarded to a firm "which had an employe who might possibly have been related to a council staff person.
"Did he get a big commission for maintaining an expensive contract for his company?" Moore asks of the employe. "Probably," Moore concludes.
Moore writes at the conclusion of the book that he has focused on Tucker and Barry - neither of whom is running against him - because they are his "moral opponents." Moore's principal opponent in the chairman's race, council member Arrington Dixon (D-Ward 4), is criticized in only a few instances.
"I criticize only their public life and their public record - and it is done based on facts for all to see.(Unlike those who oppose me, I do not pick at their private lives or make unsubstantiated claims,)" he writes.
The book is scheduled to be released Thursday at an autograph party at Northwest Gardens ballroom.