- The Washington Times - Friday, August 18, 2000

LOS ANGELES He's not a delegate, officeholder, party official, corporate sponsor or journalist, but he's everywhere on the convention floor, walking the Staples Center halls, at the A-list Hollywood parties and in the Bonaventure Hotel, where the Congressional Black Caucus is holding its forums.
Former D.C. Mayor Marion S. Barry, sometimes donning a "Taxation without Representation" T-shirt and hat, is maintaining an extremely high-energy profile this week at the Democratic National Convention.
The inveterate politican is back-slapping and glad-handing so much with giddy well-wishers that an observer would think he's running for office. But which one?
One Los Angeles woman, so excited to see "hizzoner," asked to be introduced to Mr. Barry as he made a typical grand entrance during a posh Bel Air reception honoring black officials. He was accompanied by wife Cora Masters Barry, who also appeared on a CBC panel about how to get out the vote in tough elections.
"I just want to shake your hand," the woman said to a smiling Mr. Barry. She was among the many delegates and admirers who waited to have their picture taken with "The Mayor," or "My Mayor" as they called him.
Mr. Barry, who unabashedly revels in the spotlight, said he continues to enjoy popularity among blacks because "they appreciate what I did for them."


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