Loose Lips

Catania Floats PAC to Deter Meddling Congressmen

Maybe Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) should have given mayoral hopeful David Catania that meeting after all. Almost a month after Harris' staff snubbed him in a congressional office building, Catania thinks deep-pocketed District residents should consider launching a political action committee to scare off congressmen considering Harris-style meddling in District laws.

“Everyone understands that Congress has the right to tell us what to do, the Constitution says so," Catania told a meet-and-greet crowd in Capitol Hill yesterday. "But we also have the right to play within the rules, and the rules could be a political action committee."

Catania campaign manager Ben Young says his boss has been floating the idea over the past few weeks. It wouldn't be the first PAC aimed at promoting the District's position in relation with Congress, although its prospective predecessor, the D.C. Democracy Fund, hasn't been active for eight years. In an interview with LL, DC Vote head Kimberly Perry, whose own organization has run ads against congressmen, welcomed Catania's PAC idea.

Thanks to pro-gun legislating from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and anti-pot decriminalization maneuvering by Harris, it's been a hot time for congressmen looking to impress their constituents by blocking District laws. Yesterday, Catania name-checked Harris, who has delighted in tweaking District pols.

“When Mr. Harris from the Eastern Shore decides that he’s got to interfere, he might be slightly tempered if he knew that we were sitting on enough money that we could flood his district with a million dollars," Catania said.

Enthusiasm for a congressmen-hunting PAC aside, though, voters shouldn't expect any hypothetical Mayor Catania to follow Vince Gray's lead and get arrested on the District's behalf.

"We have to stop sitting in the street and getting arrested," Catania said yesterday.

Alas, we may never know how Harris and Massie would respond to either tactic. Reps for both congressmen didn't respond to LL's requests for comment.

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    Hmmm, a "real" answer or solution to a DC problem.

    Seriously folks has Bowser ever had a "real" answer? Can we hear from Ward 4?

    Say what you want about Catania, he does offer "REAL", thought out answers. Not platitudes and excuses!

    Park Southern Bowser, can we get a debate about the "REAL" issues of DC?

    As far as, Park Southern, if Gray had done what Bowser has done with PS, folks in DC would have been outraged!! This PS situation has a lot of "Shades of Gray" in it with one major difference. Gray's shadow campaign did not screw over poor people like Bowser's campaign folks have done at PS!

    Shame on Bowser for not having a Hearing on Park Southern....shades of Gray!!

    Catania is looking better everyday!!

  • drez

    Catania raised over $50K for GWB.
    His bread is buttered on the other side.

  • DCShadyBoots

    Finally a politician in the Wilson Building growing a pair and truly fighting for the best interest of the District.

  • Typical DC BS

    Gee drez, the scummy DC Dumocrats have done SUUUUCH a good job with DC, right? Catania is a REPUBLICAN, of course he raised money for GWB. Just like the nitwits in DC raise money for Barry, Gray and the rest of the scumbags.
    Will be laughing when Catania wipes up the floor with Bow Wowser.

  • SayWhat

    Typical DC BS, that won't happened, wishful thinking, Muriel Bowser is going to clean David Catania's clock! You will wake up on November 5th after the final count and be mortified that you boy David Catania lost in a landslide.

  • DCShadyBoots

    PARK SOUTHERN! Drops the mike, leaves the stage!

  • Anonymous,Too!

    rotflmao!!!! Good one, Shady Boots.

  • NE John

    I have several clocks that need cleaning. Please send Bowser over to clean my clocks.