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Mayoral hopeful David Catania released a hefty policy platform this morning, then called on frontrunner opponent Muriel Bowser to follow suit.
“After 18 months of running for mayor, this is the sum total of what my opponent is offering in terms of vision,” Catania said, waving a few printed pages from Bowser’s website next to a stack of his 126-page platform booklet.
To be fair to Bowser, a lot of those Catania pages are photographs. But there’s a lot of other stuff in there, as well: from backing guaranteed parental leave and funding it with a payroll tax, to signing on to the Bill DeBlasio-style “Vision Zero” effort to reduce traffic fatalities. (LL has embedded Catania’s platform booklet below).
Flanked by high-profile supporters at his Dupont Circle campaign office, including former Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose and former D.C. Chamber of Commerce head Barbara Lang, Catania accused his opponent of relying on the Democratic nomination and dodging him and opponent Carol Schwartz by limiting the number of debates.
“What we have candidly in my view is a race in which one candidate believes a label alone and slogans are enough to secure the mayorship of our city,” Catania said.
Bowser’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to LL’s request for comment.
Catania wouldn’t say how much it cost to print 1,500 copies of the glossy, full-color booklets. But then, maybe just having the booklets at all gets Catania’s point across. At his press conference, Catania admitted that he doesn’t think many of booklets will be read “cover to cover.”
Photo by Will Sommer