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08/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Washington Post Profiles The Women In Marion Barry's Life

I'm not sure that the news managed to penetrate America's subconscious, since Sarah Palin's Point Guard Resignation Speech absorbed so much of the newshole's attention during the holiday weekend. But that lovable rapscallion who used to run Washington, DC, Mayor-For-Life Marion Shepilov Barry, made news over the holiday when he was picked up by the U.S. Park Police for "stalking" Donna Watts-Brighthaupt. This was yet another key arrest made by the U.S. Park Police's veteran "Oh No Marion Barry Is Just Sitting There, Chilling Out In His Car Again Randomly, Better Go See What That's All About" Unit.

Time now for another thinky listicle piece considering Barry's amazing legacy, and the Washington Post has delivered, big time, with "Many Women in Marion Barry's Life."

In all his years in public life, Marion Barry has rarely been without a woman at his side.

"Womanizing had become an integral part of my lifestyle," he told a local magazine, Sister 2 Sister, in 1991, acknowledging that he brazenly flirted with other women in front of his wife. That same year, he went on the Sally Jessy Raphael TV show and told a nationwide audience that he was addicted to women and sex. "It got to be more than casual," he said. "It got to be excessive."

The article's thesis included this statement: "Whether they loved him or just considered themselves friends, the women around Barry typically are fiercely loyal," a premise that sort of breaks down around about the time you start actually reading the article, which lists various women in Barry's life and accounts for the "he said/she said" dynamic. Literally. Oh, and here's the "money shot," in case you were wondering:

Hazel Diane "Rasheeda" Moore, a former model, invited Barry in 1990 to the Vista hotel, where he was caught on an FBI videotape smoking crack cocaine and asking for sex.

She said: She and Barry used drugs more than 100 times before the FBI sting at the hotel.

He said: "Bitch set me up."

Truly, the makings of a Nicholas Sparks novel!

Anyway, as far as the loyalty assertion goes, it's a pretty mixed bag. That said, there is the story of Kim Dickens, who donated Barry a kidney earlier this year. That bespeaks loyalty, certainly, but I still think that maybe this account of the "he-said/she-said" might be somewhat apocryphal:

Kim Dickens donated a kidney to Barry this year. She said she acted out of gratitude for everything Barry has done for District residents. She characterizes their relationship as a friendship.

She said: "I'll give you a kidney."

He said: "Are you serious?"

For her part, Dickens offers a more thorough explanation:

"He was raised by three women, and so he truly understands women and he speaks to your need," said Kim Dickens, who donated a kidney to Barry last year. "And if there is no need, he will create the need for you to be with him. He knows how to get into your life."

To say nothing about getting into your abdominal cavity, apparently.

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