Catania Says No to Mayoral Run

David Catania: The Thrill Is Gone
Posted by Alan Suderman on Jul. 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm, City Paper

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.


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