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Catania, Gray Face Off in Scheduling Thunderdome

When Councilmember David Catania announced his school reform bills earlier this month, Mayor Vince Gray's office cited a few problems—that Catania's proposals duplicated some of Gray's work, that the proposals threatened mayoral control of schools, and that the mayor's office didn't see the proposals ahead of time.

Why didn't the mayor get an early glimpse of Catania's ideas? Because in an email chain, Gray and Catania's offices weren't able to agree on how a meeting between them would unfold. Catania fielded a question about this on today's Kojo Nnamdi Show, so LL took another look at the emails, which Catania's staff posted online today—and yeah, they're pretty funny.

In the emails, Gray's and Catania's staffs go back and forth like antsy drug traffickers setting up a hand-off. Everything—location, date, and participants—is up for grabs. No email is too passive-aggressive.

May 13, 12:46 p.m.: Janene D. Jackson, Gray's director of legislative affairs, says Catania and Gray can meet on May 30. She expects it to be just Gray and Catania.

May 13, 5:15 p.m.: A problem appears: Catania chief of staff Ben Young says they need attorneys from the law firm Hogan Lovells, who worked on the bills. In fact, so many people will be there that they'll need a conference room on the third or fourth floor of the Wilson Building.

May 13, 5:55 p.m.: No way, says Jackson—we'll meet on the sixth floor in the mayor's conference room.

May 16, 3:14 p.m.: But Young doesn't want to meet in the mayor's conference room. "Let's do the Chairman's conference room on the 5th floor," Young writes.

May 17, 11:42 a.m.: Darin Allen, Gray's scheduler, isn't having it. The meeting will be in the mayor's conference room, "as this is the standard and well-established protocol for such meetings."

May 24, 10:44 a.m.: Six days from the meeting, trouble. Christopher Murphy, Gray's chief of staff, is worried about a "misunderstanding" over how many people are coming. Gray's willing to do a one-on-one meeting or with one staffer, but no more. "The mayor certainly would not feel the need to bring an entourage and I'm certain that Council Member Catania would feel the same way."

May 27, 10:31 p.m.: Catania does not feel the same way. Young writes back that the meeting can't happen without Hogan Lovells.

May 28, 5:27 p.m.: Murphy says Hogan Lovells staff can come—but if they do, Catania will be meeting with Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith instead of the mayor. But if Catania will come alone or with one staffer, "We're certainly happy to accommodate."

May 29, 3:04 p.m.: Catania's already discussed the changes with Smith, Young writes. The meeting's called off.

There's a happy ending to this story. According to Young, Catania and Gray are finally meeting next Thursday to talk schools. One-on-one.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • cutthecrap

    Two pasty old bitches.

  • Citydude

    It is amusing but collosal waste of tax payers funds.

    CUTTHECRAP..you are funny!

  • Mr.Remember

    Is this a pissing match?!!! Is this a power play? Is this about the children? Is this as good as it could get???

    Where's Olivia Pope, when you needed her. Now you know this would not have happened between two women or did it?

  • http://newbrightwoodianblog.com Nisa

    This is why my child will remain in Charter School. Absolutely absurd. They should both be ashamed of themselves.

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    LOL@cutthecrap; you comment is funny and you made my day.

  • dcresident5

    what's funny is that catania posted these e-mails and thinks they make him look good! he's such an arrogant little baby.

  • name

    What's the mayor so afraid of?

  • mykidsuffer

    This is exactly what Michelle Rhee did not want to waste time and money on. That is why she is gone, and why we should expect this now since a majority voted for it.

  • noodlez

    GAYTANIA SHOWING THE BITCHASSNESS THAT IS REQUIRED OF HIM IN HIS CIRCLE.

    I'M TOTALLY ON THE MAYOR SIDE ALONG WITH HIS STAFF ON THIS ONE. WHY DO YOU NEED A ROOM FULL OF LAWYERS AND YES MEN COSIGNING ON YOUR EVERY WORD TO DECIDE ON WHAT IS BEST FOR THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN? MAYBE IF GAYTANIA WAS A MAN HE WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT!

    THIS WACKADOODLENESS SHOULD SHOW EVERYONE HOW WEAK GAYTANIA IS ON EDUCATION!!! NO VISION! NO FORESIGHT! JUST MORE GOV'T BUREAUCRACY DRUMMED UP BY LAWYERS TO GET MORE BILLABLE HOURS! PERPETRATED BY GAYTANIA TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE HE IS DOING SOMETHING BECAUSE HE DAMN SURE FAILED ON HEALTHCARE COMMITTEE WITH AIDS RATE IN DC SKYROCKETING!

    THAT CONFUSED ASS THANG HAVEN’T LEARNED A TING!! TO PLAY TO BARRY’S SENSITIVE NATURE SHOWS THE CONNIVING WAY THAT BAMMA OPERATES! I'M SICK OF THAT SORRY, PUNK ASS MOFO AND HIS INSATIABLE DESIRE TO MAKE SHIMSELF LOOK GOOD.
    GAYTANIA = CLOWN + QUEEN: CLOUEEN!

    HE ASS SHOULD BE VOTED OUT NEXT CYCLE!

    ONE CITY: FULL OF CHILDREN READY TO LEARN!

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    LOL@ noodlez; your comment too is funny and it's on point. Miss Catania is a bitter white Queen. No wonder his boyfriend left him.

  • mizwillis

    Oh My!!!!
    I thought the cut crap had been flushed down the crapper!!!!
    Must be the unhealthy kind that unfortunately rises to the surface!!!!!!!!

  • Drez

    So... Gray is afraid of saying anything in front of lawyers?
    I thought everyone already knew that.

  • mizwillis

    Drez,

    Just Go Away. PLEASE!!!!!!

    Any politician who says anything in front of lawyers w/o legal counsel in this climate is a darn fool. And believe you me, VCG is nobody's fool.

    If it's true Mayor Gray is paying Bennett $950 an hour it's understandable why he wouldn't drag him into the Catania Cat Fight.

  • cutthecrap

    @mizwillis...didn't your mother tell you not to talk with your mouth full? Haven't you learned anything from her not swallowing you when she had the chance?

  • mizwillis

    @ Cut The Crap:

    You never cease to amuse and to astonish with your ignorance

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    Noodlez...YOU RUN THIS SHIT! EVERYONE CAN'T WAIT TO READ WHAT YOU WILL SAY NEXT! LUV IT! ONE CITY YALL!!

  • W Jordan

    Actually, the Mayor is correct. Nothing is going to get done at a massive meeting. Catania was hiding from a serious effort and grandstanding.

  • name

    Actually everyone can't wait for noodlez to wipe Gray's last shot off his face.

  • sticktoyourguns

    the BS of D.C. Continues and we the residents suffer. Gray is the Mayor, Cantania is going to run for mayor. SMDH

  • cutthecrap

    @name....love it! Actually, Gray has great aim. There's a lot of folks in DC with his gue on their face.

  • noodlez

    DOWNTOWN RESIDENT DID YOUR GOLDFISH DIE OR SOMETHING?
    YOUR COMMENTS LATELY HAVEN'T EXACTLY BEEN NOTEWORTHY.
    I EXPECT MORE FROM YOU THAN WITTY SNIPPETS!

    @NAME-KEEP ON POUNDING THAT ONE TRICK PONY AND ANIMAL CONTROL WILL BE KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!

  • drez

    I hear you noodlez.
    But I couldn't resist. That joke both highlights the larger truth that Gray is no doubt scared of lawyers at this point and, more importantly, it's an easy and funny as hell joke to make.
    Really, you shouldn't blame me for taking a cheap shot when it's set up so well.

  • Concerned Senior

    @ LL: Where is moderation when we most need it?
    As droll as drez is, those posts from him are usually devoid of the filth used by one who tags himself as such.
    That being said: I must have missed the memo about the 'easy and funny as hell joke'. Or maybe I just don't get it. Who in his right mind would subject himself to a room full of Catania and his obviously pre-selected cohorts?

  • cutthecrap

    @LL...If there is to be moderation, then let's have it for all; not just for those self proclaimed intellectuals on here who think they are above everyone else in this city . The comments by noodlez and others are absolutely homophobic and racist. Please let us know if you have a set of policies for some on here and not for others. Also, if you can dish it, then you should be able to take it. If you can't stand the heat get the funk out the kitchen. Most of you on here are like the gov't officials you constantly are defending...weak and ineffective. Grow a pair!

  • Will Sommer

    I'm working on some sort of moderation policy, since some of our commenters tend to go over the line. Stay tuned.

  • noodlez

    @CUT-NOTHING ABOUT MY COMMENTS ARE HOMOPHOBIC AND/OR RACIST!
    JUST FACTS!

    THE SOONER YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE THE BETTER OFF YOU'LL BE!
    CLOWN!

  • Typical DC BS

    @Will: Let's hope you decide to NOT moderate comments. The ones who get their panties in a bunch over Internet trolling need to grow up. Most can dish it out, but can't take it.

    We're all real tough-talking here on-line, saying things we wouldn't dream of in person (never mind we all think these things privately).

  • cutthecrap

    Just as my tag says...let's cut the crap because there is a lot of it on here. @concerned senior...Filth knows filth and I can smell you and others on here a mile away. Some of you obviously don't have mirrors in your house. If you did, you would be able to see the scum all over you. @Will...I only ask that if you moderate, be fair about it. Don't have one policy for some, while allowing others the freedom to "offend". That's all I ask.

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