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David Catania‘s mayoral bid continues to hammer Muriel Bowser on her housing record as chairman of the D.C. Council’s economic development committee. After casting Bowser as the Rich Uncle Pennybags of a housing-crisis edition of Monopoly earlier this month, Catania’s campaign has a new video accusing Bowser of taking a “vacation” on housing issues.
“Tell Muriel Bowser to come back from her vacation and get serious about solving D.C. housing,” urges a narrator, speaking over beach music.
Catania campaign manager Ben Young says that the video refers to a metaphorical, not actual, vacation.
“It’s a metaphor for the fact that she’s chaired the committee responsible for all our housing policy and oversight for 16 months,” Young says. “As far as we could tell, she’s had not one substantive measure come through her committee, not one solution.”
As it turns out, Bowser actually is out of town today at the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference in Las Vegas.
“It’s not even remotely a vacation,” says Bowser campaign Bo Shuff. He declined to comment on the ad.