John Barry, known locally as leader of the drive to eliminate affirmative-action initiatives in Florida, resigned last week after three months as president of the James Madison Institute, a nonprofit think tank in Tallahassee that promotes a conservative Republican agenda.
Barry, who often reads Orlando Weekly, says he missed reporter Edward Ericson Jr.'s article "Money Talking" `March 27, 1997`, which explained just how blatantly partisan the "non-partisan' institute is. Instead, Barry says he learned the hard way that the institute was a tool of Republican Jeb Bush's gubernatorial campaign. "I should have read your story," says Barry.
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