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Barry, Catania Really Don't Like Each Other

The tense relationship between Council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and David A. Catania (I-At Large) is getting worse.

At yesterday's closed-door budget negotiations, Barry and Catania frequently sparred. When Catania raised concerns about Barry's proposal to divert some of the savings from the Summer Youth Employment Program to job training efforts, the former mayor continually interrupted him.

Barry shouted that Catania was a liar.

"Marion, if you want to say your piece, will you say it now so I can say mine?" Catania said.

"You're not telling the truth," Barry responded.

The root of the hostility stems from Barry's belief that Catania is responsible for the series of news stories about his use of earmarks. Barry has accused Catania of having a "vendetta" because Barry was the lone vote in opposition to recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

As a result of the controversy, the council is considering eliminating all earmarks to help close the budget shortfall.

After yesterday's meeting, Barry summoned the Washington Post to argue that he should not blamed if the earmarks are eliminated. Instead, Barry argued, organizations expecting money should protest to Catania.

"People pointing the finger at me and the council are wrong," Barry said. "They need to point the finger at David Catania for spending time with Sharon Wise and the City Paper."

Wise is the former director of Clean and Sober and the Youth Leadership Council, one of the groups to which Barry directed money. The City Paper has published a series of stories outlining Wise's concerns that Barry has misused the earmark process.

"Every group in town, the arts groups, the nonprofits, they ought to be angry and outraged at David Catania," Barry said. "He gave ammunition to those people already opposed to earmarks."

In an interview today, Catania responded that Barry "is an utter joke." Catania then added he wanted to change the word "utter" to "complete."

"I am responsible for him using his staff to create bogus earmarks. I am responsible for him creating bogus earmarks?" Catania sarcastically asked. "That is ridiculous."

"If Marion wants to blame anyone why earmarks all disappeared, I would remind people we were supporting them until a few weeks ago,' Catania said. "If he wants to blame anyone, he should look in the mirror."

By Tim Craig  |  July 29, 2009; 1:46 PM ET
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Marion Barry and David Catania -- are there two other such utterly USELESS politicians in the entire United States?

A plague on both their houses.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 29, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Marion Barry = Sociopath. Is he really blaming the media for reporting his corruption? Wow!

Posted by: billjones21 | July 29, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Catania is great. In all that he does, you can see that he really cares about the city.

Posted by: IHeartDC | July 29, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I will support Catania forever because he's the ONLY person in DC Govt who calls Marion Barry out for being the fool that he is.

Thank you, David!

Posted by: mikecapitolhill | July 29, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Catania is pompous. The fact that he admittedly supported no-bid, one time (indefinate) grants to non-profit campaign contributors at the expense of other local tax-paying service providers who could provide the same services at equal or greater savings to the city is nothing to be proud of, it is dispicable. Other tax-paying non-profits denied the right to bid for those tax dollars have overhead expenses as well.

That said, it is time for both he and Barry to retire from the Council and allow for some younger, moderate energy take over. This old crowd, to include Jack Evans, have come to be too comfortable, they find that they are "entitled" to be on the Council.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 29, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

always dug barry, i really have, but i have to agree with the above post, it's time for catania, barry and evans to go. surely there are other worthy politicians in this town!

Posted by: wpost36 | July 29, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Half of the city council should retire. Barry is a joke. He calls the Washington Post becuase he doesn't wanted people pointing fingers at him. Too late, people are already pointing fingers at him and it isn't because of Catania.

Posted by: DCWatcher3 | July 29, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"After yesterday's meeting, Barry summoned the Washington Post to argue that he should not blamed if the earmarks are eliminated."

And the WaPo came running, once again, to enable DC's long-running Addict-in-Chief... time for WaPo writers to start attending some Al-Anon meetings so they can figure out what to do after Barry is gone.

Posted by: LongTimeRez | July 29, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Marion Barry is a sad, pathetic character who serves only his own tired need of self indulgence. He's delusional and cartoonish at this point.

Posted by: logan303 | July 29, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Washington Dame doesn't have a clue about the relative merits of Barry and Catania. Catania's efforts to get DC's fair share of federal Medicaid $ alone, far exceeds the sum total of Barry's accomplishments. Add Catania's efforts to improve DC DoH, the immunization van, childrens health, health legislation for the poor and you begin to ecognize that Catania is not just an empty suit. From a constituent's perspective, give me Catania any day - just ask the folks in Ward 8 how things have improved there - during Barry's mayoral stints - and now, again, as the Ward 8 Councilmember. A little knowledge goes a long way with too many of these posters. If you don't know what you are talking about at least have the courage to admit it to yourself and stay out of the fray.

Posted by: sundog2 | July 29, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Only real thing David Catania cares about is pushing the Same-Sex agenda! His present tactics are merely to get even with Barry for being the holdout vote. Barry might have done some wrong doing, however Catania is just as corrupt as Barry! If we're going to start asking folks to leave the Council we need to ask Graham, Mendelson, Catania, Barry, Gray, and several others to leave the seats! Then point our eyes at getting Fenty to step down too! Corruption is not just Barry's problem its a problem of the whole DC Governments failure to do the wishes of the tax payers and only listening to a few groups after self interest! Hell with Catania!

Posted by: ifordc | July 29, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

For the sake of citizens, it would be nice if all council members could at least get along, and stay focused on the City's business. As public officials, it would be
nice if they would at least show some respect to each other.

Posted by: adais705 | July 29, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

For the champion of Catania's "improvements" to DOH, The city's HIV/AIDS rate has skyrocketed in the District under the chairmanship of David Catania, it is the highest in the nation. Ohhhh, that is primarily in the African American community, they don't matter to "your kind".

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 29, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Whoever is repsonsible for exposing Marion Barry's corrpution performed an act of public service and deserves our respect.

Posted by: billjones21 | July 30, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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