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Catania considers run for AG as scandals mount

At-large Councilmember David Catania indicated interest in a run for Attorney General when that position becomes an elected post in 2014. "I'm open to that," he said on WPFW's D.C. Politics hour Thursday. "I read the newspaper like everyone else," he said, expressing dismay at ongoing scandals in the D.C. government.

"If we can't police ourselves, there are members of Congress who would like to step in and do it," said show host Chuck Thies. Catania, a graduate of Georgetown Law and the University's School of Foreign Service, has been recognized for his legal acumen and oversight efforts on certain issues.

D.C. voters in November overwhelmingly approved a new law that makes the AG an elected office as of 2014, but many are calling for increased oversight to investigate apparent improprieties now.

Charges of corruption have dogged the offices of Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr., Alcohol Beverage Control Board Chairman Charles Brodsky, and now DCPS with the testing scandal.

Catania also endorsed candidate Sekou Biddle for the April 26 special election for an at-large seat on the Council, calling him a “very serious, thoughtful, honest man,” according to The Washington Post.

Biddle, a graduate of D.C. public schools and a former teacher, said Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson must address ongoing turmoil at Hardy Middle School.

Next week's show Thursday at 11:00 on WPFW 89.3FM will tackle the budget, said Thies.