According to three sources familiar with the closed-door meeting to discuss the ramifications of Marion Barry‘s July 4 arrest, the councilmember apologized to his colleagues. He even made sure to apologize to Councilmember Jim Graham, who was late to the meeting.
One councilmember says that Barry confessed his love for the District and said that he was sorry that he hurt the council. “It really, really seemed heartfelt,” the councilmember says. “His colleagues were pretty damn pissed off at him.”
“He apologized to all the members,” says another source. The source added that Barry almost cried during his mea culpa.
But Barry was clear about who he would not apologize to: the public.
At least one source did not walk away satisfied with the simple “I’m sorry.” “What concerns me the most is the misuse of public funds,” they told City Desk. “That’s a crime. He got involved romantically and then hired them. It raises some very serious allegations… I hope that Marion appreciates that it’s in his interest to [cooperate with the independent investigation].”
*Additional reporting by Mike DeBonis. Photo by Darrow Montgomery.