Barry Seeks Spin Doctor

Toughest job in Washington


Controversial councilmember Marion Barry is in the market for a new communications director, according to the D.C. Council’s official web page.

Barry, a former crack addict who has come under fire recently for making derogatory comments about Filipino nurses and Asian shop owners, has had a knack for creating PR quagmires throughout his career, which is one reason the communications slot sees turnover.

The successful candidate should “possess at least a bachelor’s degree in communications, media relations, journalism or other related field of study that exhibits a proficiency in Communications, Public Affairs or Public Information,” according to the job posting.

Barry, the posting says, runs a drug-free work environment.

“The individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statue occurring in the workplace,” the application states.

The new staffer would be rewarded $46,350-75,000 for managing Barry’s public relations.

Hopefuls can apply for the job by filling out an online application.