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David Catania: The Thrill Is Gone

In case you were wondering whether a white, gay former invitee to George W. Bush's Crawford ranch was going to run for mayor in D.C. in 2014 (or perhaps sooner),  the answer is no. At-Large Councilmember David Catania said on The Kojo Nnamdi Show today that while he once would have "loved" to be mayor, he no longer feels that same passion.

"I think you have to have a certain fire in the belly. You have to want to do it, and you have to be consumed by it," said Catania, who added that his work overseeing the city's health agencies would have augured well for what kind of a job he'd do as chief executive. But “I don’t want it as much as the others, that’s just the truth.”

(How a Catania mayoral campaign would have affected his other job, as a vice president for city contractor M.C. Dean, didn't come up.)

Catania was the first of three councilmembers to call for Mayor Vince Gray to resign. You can listen to the show here.

Photo by Darrow Montogmery

  • Here We Go Again

    Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please Catania, run for Mayor so we can vote your ass off the council!!

  • DC4theBetter

    Right, like this a**hole had a choice.

    You actual have to campaign to become Mayor, he would have to earn it. Not game it, like he has been doing with his at-large seat.

    Also, mean, cantankerous and belligerent are not good attributes for a Mayor.

    "a very mean, nasty man"

  • cutthecrap

    @DC4theBetter...took the words right out of my mouth; could not have said it better.

  • DC4theBetter

    He looks like Smeagol, from the Lord of the Rings.

    "We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses."

  • Mr.Remember

    Sounds like a person who doesn't have a significant other in his life to motivate him on. Pillow talk power is all he needs to run for Mayor. He just needs for someone to say it, while leaning on the goose-feathered pillows.

  • Typical DC BS

    Catania would be Fenty-heavy (even worse constituent / PR skills).

  • umis habit hummm

    Actually I like Catania. I don't like his calling for the Mayor to step down, however. And of course, if I looked hard enough I could probably find more reasons to dislike him. The man is very well spoken, he appears to be dedicated to his job, he is honest about who he is and I'm sure he has issues as do we all. That he gets paid by MC Dean as well as from DC taxpayer coffers is of little concern because if it was a problem he wouldn't have been able to get away with it for so long.

    The most impressive thing is he says he's not interested in the top job. Now that doesn't mean he isn't interested in promoting one of his ilk to get it. I wonder if that's the the hidden agenda of all CMs who asked him to step down and the other pol who suggested he go against the advice of counsel.

    Oh Well, I just wish Mr. C did not come across as so vitriolic. We need his zeal for cutting to the chase on the council.

  • Ward 4 Voter

    I can't stand this mean ass surly man. He's such a bitter person. I wish he would leave the D.C. Couuncil and disappear.

  • Dan

    Would luv to see the nasty cm to diappear. He is mean and bitter. He probably hates himself.

  • tassojunior

    Catania was the subject of many articles in past years assuming he would be the first white mayor of DC.

    Remember, Catania has a degree from Harvard Law and is intellectually way above the pack. Anyone who deals with him has no doubt about his intellect or his forcefulness. He's a good man and well respected citywide.

  • RealDC

    @tassojunior-LOL. When you stop hero worshiping this troll, you should get your facts correct.

    His law degree is from Georgetown. Not Harvard. You say he is "intelectually above the pack"....the only pack that he is above is maybe a six pack of Pabst. Maybe.
    The law community is not impressed by Catania!

    Just because he gets sassy on the dais does not make him a force. More like a farce.

  • noodlez


    "I think you have to have a certain fire in the belly. You have to want to do it, and you have to be consumed by it," said Catania.

  • umis habit hummm

    NE John, Where are you? If you can read this, you have about 4 hours and 19 minutes for your lame prophecy to come to fruition. What? Can text and get outta dodge at the same time?

  • http://btolson1@verizonnet.com Susan

    How about a story worth reading Alan- Tell us about how David benefited from being a Council Member. How did David benefit from the hospital deals, street car VP gig, funds in Italy?

    Tell us who he is threatening this week- the 911 crew, employees, litle boys!!
    Research his popularity!!! Hell his own community hates him!! LOL

    Come ON!!!

    He did graduate from Georgetown... What a miserable person... He looks 50 years old...

  • blkwrestl

    bitch please take your ghey ass to nova

  • mizwillis

    I like David, too. I met him at a birthday party for Gray in 2010 and found him to be quite charming and engaging. Not at all the way he's portrayed on this blog. I am disappointed that he feels he has the right to suggest a move that would tear this city apart. I thought Cheh and Bowser were okay too, but now I wouldn't vote for either one of them to be dogcatcher. EH-N got some splainin' to do, too. What do the four of them have in common other than sharing a dais? Well..... guess I'll leave THAT alone.

  • JM

    He's about the only decent council member we have.

  • tony

    Black folks must be careful to not allow the "hidden hand" to divide us. Clearly, Mayor Gray is a good man who will survive this attack with the help of the good black folks in this city.

    We should not under estimate the evil intentions of the real culprits. Yes, there are black folks who have legitimate concerns about the Mayor and those concerns should be taken seriously and addressed. Yes, there are strong supporters of the Mayor, like myself, who believes that Mayor Gray is a good man and a highly effective Mayor who should be allowed to do his job without the need to look over his shoulders. And, yes, I know that there are even some white folks who support the mayor and they should be applauded.

    But, there's an element out there called the white establishment whose intentions are evil and racist. I submit that they are working day and night to dismantle black leadership in this city for the benefit of white folks. I also submit that they are attempting to divide black folks with the hopes that we will turn on each other so that their plan can be realized. I would like to think that we are too smart of a people to fall for this silliness.

    Remember, a lot is a stake. The jobs of thousands of black government workers are stake. The careers of black professionals who depend on government connections are a stake. The hundreds of millions of dollars in city contracts that blacks have are a stake. The way of “black life” in our Nation’s Capital is at stake. The future of generations of black folks to come is a stake.

    Do we really want our children and grand children to grow up in a city governed by whites?

  • tony


    ... Don't forget you must pitch the OLD black Male vs. the YOUNG black Male, and the YOUNG black Male against the OLD black male. You must use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT skin slaves, and the LIGHT skin slaves vs. the DARK skin slaves. You must use the FEMALE vs. the MALE. And the MALE vs. the FEMALE. You must also have you white servants and over- seers distrust all Blacks. But it is NECESSARY THAT YOUR SLAVES TRUST AND DEPEND ON US. THEY MUST LOVE, RESPECT AND TRUST ONLY US. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. IF USED INTENSELY FOR ONE YEAR, THE SLAVES THEMSELVES WILL REMAIN PERPETUALLY DISTRUSTFUL. Thank you gentlemen."

  • Honest Abe

    How in the world David Catania manages to stay on the Council is mind boggling. I am a Ward 5 resident and cannot ever recall seeing this man in our ward. Hell, he probably doesn't know where Ward 5 is. He's an evil arrogant S.O.B, this I know. He does not respond to emails at all. I have a strong dislike for this guy.

  • Jon

    personally i want my civil servants to have a mean streak. like a left tackle in football. this isnt tiddlywinks its city politics.

  • seDCdude

    You damn skippy the thrill is gone, this walking, talking, breathing abomination of the 3rd kind would NOT last 30 days under the scrutiny of such investigations bought forth against Barry, Thomas or hell even Barry Bonds.

    This gump aint crazy, he may have been boned *cough* BORN at night, but NOT last night..............that would indeed be career suicide and this enables HER to continue bysiness as usual or to slip out of the back doe unscathed!!!!!!

  • cutthecrap

    @Tony...You're not from DC. You're from Babylon...because you just babble on, and on, and on. lol

  • umis habit hummm

    cutthecrap...you're so busy wading through that shit you're surrounded by, you wouldn't know babble from poop.
    Just because you can't string a sentence of intelligent words from your pea brain doesn't make somebody else's eloquence is babble. In a less serious forum you comment might have be cute. Here it is trite.

  • C’mon Tony

    Tony, it's about people doing their job. Courtland Milloy even acknowledges that Gray isn't doing his. Gray has not done jack for the people East of the River that voted for him overwhelmingly. All that has come from DC politics in the past many years is cronyism among rich elites, regardless of color. Jack Evans is white and a crony. Fenty is black and a crony. Gray is black and a crony. Graham is white and a crony. HJT, Jr. is just a scumbag. As far as government workers go, I don't know the color of people making decisions at Metro or DCPS or other underperforming agencies. But I do know that they sure are awful at doing their jobs. I could care less if DC elected a green-skinned Martian as mayor, and the government was staffed by purple people from Pluto. I just want people who do their jobs, and put the people over self.

  • DC Voter

    I thought Darrell Issa (R) from California was our Mayor while he allows Gray to remain and collect the mayoral salary.

  • umis habit hummm

    Daryl Issa has had his own problems with investigations to deal with. Something about arson/insurance fraud. Do you want him for mayor while to ALLOWING Gray to remain? See how stupid you cluster f***s are? You don't know your pox-ridden azzes from a sh**hole in the ground. Did you think your post was cute DC Voter? Go Google Issa and see how White men are treated differently from Black men.

  • seDCdude

    C'mon tony

    that's veil for "yeah, all agencies mentioned ain't doing JACK and they just happen to have BLACK majority workforces"....GTFOH!!

    this shit gets worse by the post.....aint seen so much grandstanding by white folk since Saddam was captured!!

  • tony

    @C'mon Tony

    You make a reasonable argument; however, I strongly disagree.

    The foundation of your argument appears to be that a politician's skin color is totally irrelevant. And, only their performance should matter.

    In a perfect world, a politician’s skin color would be irrelevant. But in this world as Professor Cornell West writes in his book RACE MATTERS: The fundamental litmus test for American democracy-its economy, government, criminal justice system, education, mass media, and culture-remains: how broad and intense are the arbitrary powers used and deployed against black people.In this sense, the problem of the twenty-first century remains the problem of the color line.

    Moreover, it’s clearly true that blacks as a group fare much better under black governance than white governance. Specifically, the black middle class, which is the foundation of the black community, emerged in inner-cities that were governed by blacks. In fact, never in the history of this country has a black middle class emerged as a result of a white administration.

    In addition, the notion that a politician should be judged on his/her performance is certainly a fair argument. But, there’s thousands of black folks in this city who believes that life have gotten better under a Gray’s administration. Even Gray’s detractors would concede that the quality of life in the Nation’s Capital could not be any better.

    The only real problem that the Gray’s detractors have is that they believes that the seat he occupies should be occupied by someone whose skin color is not black. And to this, I say no.

  • Scott

    David Catania has way too many skeletons to ever be vetted for mayor. Similar to Barney Frank, Catania used to have a roommate who was a male escort and was quite aware of the fact.

    Hint, hint, City Paper - start digging.

  • Anonymous, Too

    "Hint, hint, City Paper - start digging."

    LOLOL... that would involve some initiative and actual work, Scott. So much easier these days to just sling the omnipresent mud back and forth over the fence.

  • cutthecrap

    @umis habit hummm...you always sound like a bitter, scorned school girl who couldn't get a date to the prom. Quit trying to rag on others and get your sorry life together. Better still, try to get some before you get backed up. You definitely need a release. It's obvious to us that you are a social retard masquerading as a wannabee political pundit. Get over yourself...it's only the City Paper (a free rag).

  • KeepInItReal

    Catania is cunt.