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Allegedly going berserk at the PNC Bank branch in Chinatown won’t stop Christopher Barry from running for his father’s Ward 8 seat. In a Facebook post that obliquely references the incident, Barry says he won’t stop his campaign to succeed Marion Barry on the D.C. Council.
“I learned from my father a long time ago not to get bogged down and deterred by sensationalism and the frivolous, especially when those who speak it are not stating the full facticity,” Barry writes.
The Facebook post, Barry’s first public statement since Tuesday’s incident, doesn’t explicitly reference the allegations that he threatened a bank teller and destroyed a security camera by heaving a trash can over a security barrier. Barry and his campaign have repeatedly ignored requests for comment on the allegations.
So far, the alleged bank outburst hasn’t resulted in any charges—an unusual feat for Barry, who has racked up multiple driving, drug, and police-related prosecutions in his 34 years. As of yesterday afternoon, no arrest warrant had been filed, and D.C. Superior Court’s system shows no charges against him today.
Here’s the full section of Barry’s post on the bank incident:
I learned from my father a long time ago not to get bogged down and deterred by sensationalism and the frivolous, especially when those who speak it are not stating the full facticity. But I’m fully aware that my every moment is in the open, even if I slip on ice, which has been true throughout my life. However, I’m very passionate about the causes I believe in, the workers I employ through my construction business, many who live right here in Ward 8, and I have a fighting spirit that’s hungry to make great change for my people. Today is a new day and I have faith we will conquer the mission before us and claim victory on April 28th.
Ward 8 rivals cheered by Barry’s woes, be warned. Elsewhere in the post, Barry notes that he’s “feeling Fantabulous.”
Correction: This post originally misspelled Fantabulous.
Photo by Will Sommer