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The Rev. R. Joyce Scott, president of the Ward 8 Democrats, just called LL to clarify a comment she made at Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry‘s re-election campaign kick off (allegedly) about kicking the tail of At-Large Councilmember David Catania.
Turns out that when Scott said: “We’re going to take him into the back room and kick his tail,” she was referring to Barry, not Catania. (LL listened to the speech again and concedes that it’s not 100 percent clear who Scott was talking about when it comes to talk kicking. LL should have followed up with Scott prior to publishing her comments and apologizes for the mix up.)
The point Scott says she wanted to make was that it’s the job of Ward 8 residents, not Catania’s, to police Barry.
To that end, Scott says that a couple of months ago she and some other long-time Ward 8 residents had an intervention of sorts with Barry where they expressed their concerns about his inattentiveness to the community’s needs.
“We felt like he had taken our support for granted,” says Scott.
The message to Barry: “We love you, but we’re concerned about the way you’ve handled the community the last four years, or the lack thereof,” says Scott. “We felt like there was a disconnect.”
Scott said Barry appreciated the meeting and “admitted” that he could do better. Barry wasn’t immediately available for comment.