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It was a long day for D.C. Council yesterday, and a lot of important stuff got passed: Allen Lew‘s confirmation, the end of single sales along a stretch of H Street NE, and a moratorium on tavern licenses in Adams Morgan. Then, of course, there was the confirmation of Michelle Rhee as chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools.
The discussion leading to Rhee’s confirmation was long and repetitive. Councilmembers were impressed by her diligence and by her late-night e-mails (she’s online well after midnight!). But members carped—-predictably and plenty—-about being excluded from her selection process.
Ward 8 Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr. seemed particularly wounded by the mayor’s lack of council consultation on Rhee. He felt disrespected, he said, and ignored. Then At-Large Councilmember David Catania piped up. He was on the council when Barry was mayor (for a brief stretch in 1997), he said, and Barry didn’t consult him on his decisions.
There was a reason for that, Barry said: “I didn’t like you.”