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BARRY'S SUITE DEAL GETS REVERSED DUE TO PUBLIC OUTCRY
Published November 17, 1997
DC Financial Control Board Chair Andrew Brimmer on Friday "withdrew approval of a $625,000 lease of a luxury suite requested by Mayor Marion Barry for the D.C. Sports Commission at the new MCI Center," according to Woodlee & Vise of the WASHINGTON POST. Brimmer's actions "were prompted by an outraged congressional leader's threat to block the deal and by angry city residents who called to voice their displeasure." Barry said that the suite was intended for use by the DC Sports Commission rather than by him. Brimmer said that he spoke with MCI Center Owner Abe Pollin about giving the District a suite. But Pollin said that city officials "had not asked for free seats when the arena deal was negotiated" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/15).