When he ran for mayor in 2010, Vincent C. Gray (D) argued he’d be able to have far better relations with the D.C. Council than his opponent, then-mayor Adrian M. Fenty.
When he lobbied to oversee education issues, council member David A. Catania (I-At Large), argued in December he could bring stakeholders together if Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) created a stand-alone Education Committee.
But five months after Catania was named chairman of the committee, he and Gray have yet to meet to discuss what both men consider the city’s most pressing issue.
“I’ve never had a conversation with him, to this day,” Gray told the Washington Post, though he added that the chairman has spoken to members of Gray’s staff.
Catania, who is considering running for mayor next year, said the lack of communication is not his fault.
“It may come as a surprise to the mayor, but the phone rings both ways,” said Catania. “I’ve been meeting frequently with the chancellor [Kaya Henderson] on the subject of education, and informed her of the items on my agenda. I think if [Gray] is interested in what we are doing, he can call me directly, and we can talk about them.”