10 Questions for Marion Barry

The former D.C. mayor and drug user talks to TIME

The former Washington mayor, who left office in disgrace and spent six months in jail after being caught on video smoking crack, is back. The newly elected city councilman boycotted last week's Inaugural because the Federal Government made the city of Washington pay part of the security costs. Earlier, TIME's Perry Bacon Jr. spoke with Marion Barry about his improbable comeback.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GET BACK INTO POLITICS? I couldn't take it anymore. I couldn't take seeing the hopelessness and the frustrations and the kids being miseducated and not doing something about it. I prayed on it, talked to...

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