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The District’s best natural politician, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry,  just gave Mayor Vince Gray some free P.R. advice on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt.

“Stop digging” and stay focused, were the extent of Barry’s advice.

The former mayor-for-life told DePuyt that when his administrations hit rough patches, he wouldn’t get distracted.

“I let nothing stop me from doing my work,” Barry said. Veterans of his third term might disagree.

Barry also chastised the media for focusing so intently on the Sulaimon Brown story. Barry added that he doesn’t trust the opinions of Councilmembers Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Jim Graham on anything related to the mayor’s problems because they all supported the other guy last year.

“Anything they say I’m suspicious of,” says Barry. “They ought to just be quiet about it.”