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Fenty Feuds With Council Ally

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By David Schultz

The spat began a few weeks ago, when Councilman David Catania voted for a measure that would make the D.C. Attorney General an elected official and not a mayoral appointee.

That angered the mayor, and he didn't send any of his staff to a meeting with federal officials yesterday on funding for HIV/AIDS programs, one of Catania's highest priorities. Catania complained publicly, and his staffers anonymously leaked the details of this alleged snubbing to the Washington Post this morning.

That was just a few hours before a press conference attended by Catania and the mayor. In front of the cameras and microphones, Catania struck a different tone.

"The mayor and I are on as good terms as we've ever been," he said.

And for his part, Fenty was even more effusive towards Catania. "In the history of the government of the District of Columbia," he said, "I can't think of anybody who's ever worked harder, more tirelessly and more unselfishly."

The mayor and Catania remain cordial in public, but their behind-the-scenes quarrel raises questions about whether the councilman will remain in Fenty's corner.


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