D.C.'s Barry May Not Run Again
He says expects to decide within next 10 days
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, May 13) -- District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry said Wednesday he would be willing not to seek re-election if it meant Congress would restore power to his city's government.
Appearing on CNN's "Both Sides with Jesse Jackson," Barry said he had not made a final decision about whether to run for a fifth term, but that he expects to do so within the next "seven to 10 days."
When asked whether he would decide against running if he was convinced Congress would return power to local officials, Barry said "absolutely."
Barry, who made national headlines in 1990 with a drug arrest, conviction and six-month prison term, has been stripped of virtually all executive power since Congress created a control board to oversee the city's financial operations three years ago.
Many D.C. residents, business leaders and members of Congress now view him as the biggest obstacle to the city's progress.