The Washington Times - July 5, 2009, 09:48AM

U.S. Park Police say that former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry has been charged with stalking a woman, WJZ-TV is reporting.

Barry, who currently serves on the D.C. Council, was arrested Saturday in Washington after a woman flagged down an officer and said Barry was stalking her.

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He was charged with misdemeanor stalking and released, the CBS affiliate reports. A Barry spokesperson has not returned calls seeking comment.

For Barry, this is probably just a misunderstanding. After all, since when is it a crime to follow a woman without her permission?

Sounds like Barry will have to dust off his “Bitch set me up” defense. A classic.

When he was in office, Barry was known as “mayor for life,” but it was more like mayor for 5 to 10, with time off for good behavior.

When corruption in his administration was uncovered in the ‘80s, people said it would be the end of Barry’s political career. When he was filmed smoking crack in 1990, people said it would be the end of his political career. And when he was convicted of tax evasion in 2005, people said it would be the end of his political career.

I’m beginning to think his political career has no end — and I blame politics.