Loose Lips

David Catania Turns in 7,000 Petitions to Get on the Ballot

Mayoral hopeful David Catania will almost certainly be on the ballot in November. The at-large councilmember turned in 7,000 signatures today at the D.C. Board of Elections, more than twice the 3,000 signatures he needs to qualify.

"There's no question that we going to be on the ballot this November," Catania told reporters after dropping off the signatures this morning.

Catania also used the occasion to tout some internal campaign polling, which he claims show him within the "high single digits" of opponent Muriel Bowser. Catania's campaign declined to release the poll publicly, but that would be a sizable improvement over a March Washington Post poll that showed him lagging behind Bowser by more than 30 percentage points.

The mayoral hopeful number's could improve further after a column from the Post's Colby King, which all but endorsed Catania but worried about his notoriously abrasive personality. At the Board of Elections, Catania claimed that concerns about whether his temper makes him a less effective legislator amount to an "urban myth."

Catania, who has chafed at Bowser's refusal to debate him until he officially makes the ballot next month, accused her of being "caught in a fabrication" over whether they had promised to make American University's debate later in September the first debate of the general election. Bowser's campaign has since conceded that it was only a promise that they made to themselves.

"I think it's clear that it's Ms. Bowser's strategy to avoid discussing the issues until the last possible moment," Catania says.

Bowser spokesman Joaquin McPeek says Bowser has a "laser focus" on campaign work like door-knocking and hasn't been deliberately dodging debates. McPeek declined to comment on Catania's poll.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Anonymous

    Bowser's 30 percentage point lead in March occurred when Catania had not raised any funds or done any campaigning, and Bowser had been in the race for a year already.

  • tony

    I will make this casual observation. Bowser's white political operatives tied her hands behind her back for nearly 3 months while Catania hit her time and time again. SMH!

    Politics is WAR. At some point, one must fight back and not when its too late!

    The golden rule in politics: WHEN ATTACKED, ATTACK BACK, PERIOD!

    I don't support Bowser but I don't like the way she is being attacked. Catani's attacks seems to be a bit nefarious and racist.

    At the end of the day, Bowser is a BLACK WOMAN and to me that MATTERS!

  • Mark

    Catania has been campaigning ever since he got the education oversite chair. He's had volunteers at meetings touting his run since last summer.
    He's been at it for a long time. His numbers rant going anywhere based on his "just entering" the race.

  • Mark

    *rant = aren't.

  • REALDC

    Make no mistake, Bowser and her folks have done NOTHING since April 1st. There is no leadership there..... not debating, not addressing Park Southern, not giving a vision for leading the city, etc...... All are campaign killers!

    Now Bowser wants the national party to HELP her...LMAO! Bowser's arrogance and laziness has gotten the best of her.

    Catania has the momentum and is working for this office.... like or hate him, you have to RESPECT him for his competent campaign.... he still might not win but you have to admire what he is doing! Bowser is offering NOTHING!!

    This democrat is leaning Catania...for REAL!

  • SW Muriel Supporter

    I respect David Catania for his courage on some issues, but I am supporting Muriel Bowser for a number of reasons. Sadly, the media reports are so bias in this mayoral race that I am forced to defend my choice time and again. DeBonis and this paper are trying to hard to spark some sort of war of ugly words between my candidate and David Catania rather than investigate and report the information objectively. Editorial columns I fully understand are opinions allegedly based on the factsand the writer's perspective. But readers expect professional news reports, not sound-bites and press releases from a dark-horse candidate. The question of whether Councilmember Bowser is avoiding a debate with Catania is not up for speculation. The question is why should she debate Catania when he was not a valid candidate? It is not like Councilmember Bowser has NEVER participated in a public debate. Contrary to these misleading media reports, she has participated in numerous primary debates and has done extremely well, if not prevailed, in debates against Gray and the self-annointed, self-serving wanna-be media darling, Tommy Wells, who is the not-so anonymous source behind almost every story and headline, or breaking news tips over the last 4 years. I certainly respect journalists but these reports are non-news. Park Southern has operated for years amid controversy but it suddenly becomes news? Do we have to remind you that the Mayor and the administration runs the city and this housing agency? Not the Council, which only provides oversight and bugeting. A hearing does not change the day to day management. Councilmember David Catania can say anything that he wants when he gets a public forum, which is what he needs most right now to gain traction. Until now, few outside of the Council and the Health (United Medical Center and the SE hospital corps) crisis know anything about him. That's because he has never had to campaign for his seat and the media has written so little and reported even less about his accomplishments. A debate will give him an opportunity to tout publicly his own unheralded accomplishments when the media didn't think it was so important over the last decade to do so. Give Muriel credit. You have reported on some of her accomplishments, i.e. ethics bill. Please restore some credibility to the news organizations, and do some of your own work. Or put Wells on the payroll.

  • noodlez

    SO THE PAST TWO WRITE UPS ARE PRO-GAYTANIA IN SO MUCH AS IT GIVES US A PLAY-BY-PLAY OFFERING FROM THIS SKILLED WRITER ABOUT THE WACK JOB HE IS BACKING. WHAT’S NEXT A STORY FORETELLING THIS COCKSUCKER’S EATING HABITS?

    THIS HERE IS A MESSAGE TO ALL MY BLACK FOLK. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN THIS TRANSLUCENT FAIRY THEN YOU TO START LOOKING PAST AND NOT AT MS THANG.

    REMEMBER PEOPLE HE FORCED THE GAY MARRIAGE FREEDOM BILL THROUGH ON A TECHNICALITY AND FOUGHT LIKE HELL TO NOT HAVE IT ON A BALLOT REFERENDUM BECAUSE HE DIDN’T TRUST THAT THE MAJORITY BLACK CITIZENS IN THIS CITY WOULD VOTE THE WAY HE WANTED. NOW HE WANTS YOUR VOTE. NIGGA PLEEZE!

    THIS CHUMP WAS HEALTH COMMITTEE CHAIR WHEN HIV/AIDS WAS RUNNING RAMPANT THROUGH OUR CITY ESPECIALLY HITTING OUR YOUNG BLACK WOMAN HARD. HOWEVER HE IS TOUTING UNITED MEDICAL CENTER NOT CLOSING AS A MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT WHILE HE WAS CHAIR. NOW HE IS POSTING PICS AND VIDEOS OF HIM & YOUNG BLACKS HUGGING?? THIS IS CLASSIC POLITICAL MISDIRECTION!

    HIS BITCH ASS HAS ONLY BEEN EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIR FOR A HOT MINUTE NOW HE GOING TO TELL US WHAT IS GOOD FOR OUR CHILDREN WHEN THE ONLY THING HE HAS CARED FOR IS A DOG THAT I’M SURE HE TAKES TO SOME GROOMING SALON, DAY CARE AND OBEDIENCE SCHOOL. SPENDING 2 TO 3 HOURS A WEEK WITH CHILDREN DOES NOT MAKE YOU AN EXPERT ON WHAT IS BEST FOR THEM OR THERE FUTURE! http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/looselips/2013/08/28/school-house-blocked/

    LET’S BOIL THIS THING DOWN! GAYTANIA IS A REPUBLICAN IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT HE CLAIMS. A VOTE FOR SHIM IS A VOTE AGAINST THE PRINCIPLES THIS CITY STANDS FOR. DC IS A DIAMOND WITH A ROUGH EDGE LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY. VOTING FOR HIM TAKES THE LUSTER OFF THIS CITY! IF THIS CHUMP SOMEHOW PULLS OFF AN UPSET THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL WELCOME SHIM WITH OPEN ARMS FOR DELIVERING THIS DIAMOND TO PUT IN THEIR TARNISHED CROWN.

    I AM SO DC I KNOW WHAT A REAL BAMMA IS AND IT IS DAVID CATANIA!

  • SayWhat

    Say it again Noodlez, this man hates black people, he only uses things that he does for this city as a platform, to make this city all white and white gay. He will turn his back on those black people as soon as he won, which will not happened thank goodness.

  • How Much part-Time Income is too Much?

    On 1/14/13 the Post reported:

    "D.C. Council member David A. Catania has left his $240,000-a-year executive job with a prominent local construction firm that is doing an increasing amount of business with the District government... [but] He is not breaking all ties with M.C. Dean, whose revenues approached $900 million in 2011. Catania said he is in talks to join an unnamed law firm, most likely in a salaried position, where he will manage existing litigation involving the company."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/w...

    How much money has Catania made to date from his "part-time" work while on the Council which appears to pay about double his annual Council Salary?

  • Will Sommer

    @Noodlez

    You're back. Who are you supporting for mayor now that Gray is out?

  • How Much part-Time Income is too Much?

    On September 28, 2010 the Fight Back wrote the following in a story entitled: David Catania's Double Dipping: http://thefightback.org/2010/09/david-catanias-dou...

    "In addition to his Council salary of more than $125,000, Office of Campaign Finance records show that Catania earns an additional $120,000 a year as general counsel to a company that does a huge amount of business with the District. Since at least 2006 Catania has earned more than $100,000 a year as general counsel for "OpenBand LLC, a subsidiary of M.C. Dean. (It’s unclear how much Catania earned from M.C. Dean in 2005: On his “Honoraria and Outside Income Disclosure Statement” for fiscal year 2005, Catania failed to report his gross outside income and instead reported having earned “$10,000 per month” as General Counsel for OpenBand, LLC. For fiscal year 2006, Catania reported earning $101,538 from OpenBand LLC and $13,750 from Akin & Gump. Since 2007, Office of Campaign Finance reports show that Catania has earned $120,000 a year from OpenBand, LLC.)"

  • Robert

    What's wrong with Catania having a job outside the Council?

  • DCShadyBoots

    Some of you kids are VERY entertaining with all of your name switch-ups on the same story's commentary. They have a name for that: C-R-A-Z-Y! But, do you boo, with yo' crazy self.

    Anywho, I couldn't care less who David Catania or Muriel Bowser sleeps with. Either way we are going to end up with a gay mayor. So if that simple minded foolishness is going to play prominently in anyone's decision on who to vote for you may as well stay at home.

    However, I am going to support the smartest candidate with a demonstrated record of leadership. In reference to the Democratic plantation mentality that is being espoused above, all politics are local and many Democrats in this city are quite racist. That is to be expected with gentrification.

    What I do know is that for every piece of legislation that David Catania has introduced and passed over the years on the Council, Muriel Bowser has voted to support yet her record on the Council is razor thin after 6 years. Two of which she has spent running for Mayor.

    Democrats have themselves to blame for staying at home during the primary leaving the party with the weakest candidate since home rule. A 27% voter turnout isn't an endorsement it is a repudiation and one I imagine will continue into the general election. President Obama isn't on the ballot.

    So enough with the weak fear mongering about race, sexuality and partisan slavery. People are sophisticated enough in this city to see through it all. May the smartest candidate prevail.

  • justsayin

    If Bowser is elected mayor, the citizens of DC will find out that she is actually more like her opponent than not, in arrogant temperment and elitism. Many of us in Ward 4 have experienced it firsthand. The choices we have for mayor is a hot mess: Two prima donnas and a bored snowbird.

  • tony

    Right On!@ Noodlez. Now thats how you fight back!

  • Pilotto

    justsayin - your comment wins!

    Still n all, I think I'll vote for the bored snowbird. (Though she is from Texas.)

  • DemforDave

    If you think Catania has a bad personality, try Bowser... She makes Catania look like Glenda the Good Witch. Here's a hint: Don't throw water on her. Or better yet, look for her ruby slippers sticking out from under the house.

  • CapHillPete

    Catania has my vote. He is strong on the issues, and Bowser is weak on the issues. She is also a big fan of charters over public and bringing in the Wal-Marts. Today Catania is protesting WITH a union. So labels mean very little in this town! It will be a close race.

  • noodlez

    @CAPHILL-NO IT WON'T. THE RACE WILL BE EITHER ALL FOR OR ALL AGAINST.

    @DEMDAVE-THAT'S FUNNY BECAUSE I THOUGHT DAVID CATANIA IS A QUEEN??

    @ROBERT-THE QUESTION SHOULD BE WHAT'S RIGHT WITH HAVING A JOB WHILE ON THE COUNCIL?

    @WILLY EARL-OF ALL FOLKS YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTA BY TRYING TO GET AT ME WITH YOUR LITTLE SLING SHOT (NOW THAT GRAY IS OUT). ALL YOU GOT WAS A SLIGHT SMIRK!!!

    ALSO, I DIDN'T KNOW MY ENDORSEMENT HELD WEIGHT? I'M WAITING FOR THE COLBY KING ENDORSEMENT THEN YOU'LL BE THE 1ST TO KNOW.

    THREE CANDIDATES.
    TWO BAMMAS.
    ONE CITY.

  • Tight Lips

    lol, Noodlez has the crowd in a frenzy.

    Did any of you all hear about Catania getting into a shouting match with the guest speaker from VOs Emancipation Day Brunch?

    WHat a site to see.

    David Catania getting out of character (or better yet the character we all know him as) and jumping down the throat of Michael Eric Dyson!!

  • tony

    Man, it's time to kick the WRITE-IN VINCENT GRAY EFFORT into HIGH GEAR!

    There's 3 options in this race: Bowser,Gray,and Catania.

  • cminus

    @NOODLEZ, good to see you back. I was wondering how long it was going to take you to take back everything you ever said about Muriel Bowser.

    Also, David Catania's not responsible for scuttling a referendum on same-sex marriage -- that was the courts. Before Catania even joined the Council, Marion Barry led a successful effort to establish several sections of the DC Code as unable to be modified by ballot initiative or referendum, and a referendum on same-sex marriage would have required amending one of the out-of-bounds sections of the Code. It went to the courts, and the courts had no trouble reading the plain text of the law.

  • cminus

    @tony, I don't think a write-in campaign has any chance without Gray going out and campaigning for it, which he hasn't done. It's a shame, really; Gray wasn't a perfect mayor, but he was a lot better than Bowser, Catania, or Schwartz are likely to be, and if he were running a write-in campaign I'd be interested.

  • noodlez

    @C- ONLY HERE FOR A MINUTE. DUDE EVERYTHING I SAID ABOUT BOWSEE I MEANT BESIDES I'M NOT AN INDIAN GIVER. OHH MY BAD I CAN'T USE THAT TERM ANY LONGER.

    COURTS SMORTS! SLIM THE BAMMA WAS THE POINT PERSON AND INSTRUMENTAL IN ESTABLISHING THE ARGUMENT OF A DECADES OLD LAW REGARDING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GAYS THAT DIDN'T APPLY IN THIS CASE. APPRECIATE THE HISTORY LESSON THOUGH.

  • NE John

    racist racist racist!, lol. tired old shit

  • NE John

    jezus, what's with all the homophobic shit

  • drez

    I liked Catania when he the opposition candidate, but no way in hell should he be Mayor instead if a clean Democrat.

  • DCShadyBoots

    Partisan slavery isn't very attractive.

  • Typical DC BS

    @drez: Clean Democrat? In DC? Please.

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