Loose Lips

Catania Asks for Meeting With Pot-Hating Congressman, Doesn’t Succeed

Mayoral hopeful David Catania headed to Congress this morning to schedule a meeting with Rep. Andy Harris, the Maryland Republican attempting to derail marijuana decriminalization in the District. While Catania didn't get his meeting, he did get a lesson in the low regard that some congressmen—and their staffers!—hold for the District's elected officials.

Harris is back on the Eastern Shore during the congressional recess, so Catania dealt with Christopher Meekins, Harris' deputy chief of staff. Meekins told the at-large councilmember that he couldn't ask for an appointment in person, then refused to call Harris on Catania's behalf.

"Look, this is a campaign prop," Meekins said. "We all understand what this is."

With Meekins distributing press releases saying that Harris wouldn't meet with Catania until he's "ready to deal seriously with the problems of drug abuse," it became clear that the staffer wouldn't relent.

"I think I made my point," Catania said. "We're not going to get a meeting."

Before leaving, Catania had his own chief of staff send an email asking for a meeting. Catania shouldn't get his calendar out yet, though—when he asked whether he'd hear back on the request by the end of today, Meekins said Catania might get a response by next Friday.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Ward-8

    All though me personally, I am not too keen on this new law however,What the hell did Ms Catania think ? his Ex Republican Party of No could care less about him or the District, we nor him are members of their constituents or people who can vote for them, we are just a city run by people who don't look or act like them that they can impose their will, flex their muscle in an attempt to impress the haters,the religiousness zealots and the low information folks in their party however, we must pay our federal taxes just like the people who elected these bozos

  • joan

    Catania is one of the few DC lawmakers to actually work to remove budget riders, including the ban on local funding for needle exchange and the implementation of medical marijuana. We need more local officials and residents making the rounds on Capitol Hill.

  • Marvin E. Adams

    S-E-L-F D-E-T-E-RM-I-N-A-T-I-O-N! P-E-R-I-O-D, E-N-D O-F D-I-S-C-U-S-S-I-O-N!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Felix The Cat

    Grandstanding Queen. Congress could give a damn about Miss Catania and other DC Councilmembers.

  • John

    Catania's arrogance is showing. Even the republicans will not listen to a former republican.

  • DCShadyBoots

    What is arrogant about a legislator standing up DC Home Rule?

  • Anonymous,Too

    @DCShadyBoots: You don't expect the trolls and sockpuppets to answer honestly, do you?