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At-large Councilmember David Catania should be getting several angry letters from supporters of Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry in the near future.
That, at least, was the promise of the Rev. R. Joyce Scott, president of the Ward 8 Democrats on Saturday at Barry’s re-election campaign kick-off.
Scott told the crowd of 70 or so gathered at Thurgood Marshall Academy’s gymnasium that she was writing a letter to Catania, and encouraged others to do the same, seeking an apology for how he’d recently treated Barry. Last week at a council retreat at the convention center, Catania and Barry blew off some steam by yelling at each other, with Catania calling Barry a “despicable human being,” among other not-so-nice things.
Scott says she’d been prodded into some sort of action by former Councilmember H.R. Crawford, who told her: “you’re supposed to be the so-called head of the party, how do you let that man talk about your leadership like that?”
Scott assured the crowd that she’s on it, and she will be sending Catania a note shortly on her official Ward 8 letterhead that will be released to the media.
“We’re going to take him into the back room and kick his tail,” says Scott. “And we’re going to do that in public.”*
The kerfuffle with Catania came up a couple of other times during Barry’s rally. Campaign Chairwoman Phomika Palmer spun Barry’s response to Catania’s verbal tirade (Barry told the Post he almost came to blows with Catania) as an illustration of the 75-year-old former mayor’s toughness, a trait she indicated his current challengers lack.
“When I saw on the news what had happened at the convention center, I thought to myself, ‘Who on earth could have stood up to David Catania?'” says Palmer. “Would he have punked the rest of them? He sure didn’t punk my man here.
*Scott says this comment was actually in reference to Barry, not Catania. See this post for an explanation.