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Profanity-Laden Shouting Match Colors D.C. Council Retreat

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Council members met at the D.C. Convention Center for a retreat today, and couldn't restrain a profanity-laden shouting match.
Council members met at the D.C. Convention Center for a retreat today, and couldn't restrain a profanity-laden shouting match.

It may have been a Valentine's Day retreat for members of D.C. Council, but there was no love lost between Marion Barry and David Catania today as the two broke out in a shouting match filled with insults and expletives.

This wasn't the first time council members Marion Barry and David Catania have gone at it, but today's verbal scuffle may have reached a new height of animosity, with the two men hurling insults at each other.

In interviews after the incident, neither man backed down.

"He's disrespectful and rude," says former mayor Marion Barry.

David Catania wasn't much friendlier, saying, "This guy has cussed me more times than Carter's got liver pills."

The argument was sparked by a discussion over United Medical Center, a hospital in Southeast D.C. Council members had gathered at the Convention Center to outline their legislative goals for the year.

And there were some lighthearted moments as well. At the end, council member Vincent Orange walked around the conference room, handing Valentine's Day gift bags to his colleagues.


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