Yesterday, news broke that Federal lawmen are looking into the allegations surrounding Councilmember Marion Barry‘s contracts with former girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt as well as his guardianship over half a dozen nonprofits. While two of his associates—-Brenda Richardson and Jackie Ward—-have referred comment to their attorneys, we expected Barry to do something more media friendly.
In the aftermath of his stalking arrest, Barry’s staff held press conference after press conference. They used the free media to bash the park police and declare Watts-Brighthaupt as unstable. [Watts-Brighthaupt denies the charge and even showed up at one press conference to shout down Barry spokesperson Natalie Williams].
So it would be reasonable to expect some kind of comment from Barry or his staff. Maybe even a late-night press conference perfectly timed for the 11 o’clock news.
But so far, Barry has remained mum. He could not be reached for comment for the Post’s story today leaving the paper of record to rely on old quotes from the previous week.
This afternoon, Natalie Williams would only offer this succinct comment to City Desk:
“We have not been contacted by the Justice Department therefore we are unable to comment on the speculations of their probe. That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
*photo by Darrow Montgomery.