There’s an update to the story of the deputy mayor in D.C. who went on a roid rampage. Chris Geldart grabbed a man by the throat in the parking lot of the local Gold’s Gym last week, then resigned in disgrace on Wednesday. He was also accused of violating terms of his employment with the district by not living there.
Deputy Mayor steps down
Chris Geldart threw his career as Deputy Mayor for Washington, D.C. into the shredder with one incident of irrational anger. He was caught on surveillance camera “grabbing a man by the throat in a gym parking lot earlier this month,” Muriel Bowser admitted on October 12 that it really did happen.
He has resigned from his post in charge of city Public Safety and Justice. He didn’t make that parking lot very safe for a trainer at the gym, or the trainer’s girlfriend, who’s car Geldart allegedly dinged with the door of his own.
The former deputy mayor in charge of public safety was officially charged with assault and battery in the October 1 incident.
#BREAKING Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Chris Geldart has resigned, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser. This comes after the incident outside the Arlington gym.
“I’m saddened to say I’ve accepted the resignation,” Bowser said as she praises Geldart for his previous work. @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/MnDOfKFRtB
— Matthew Torres (@News_MTorres) October 12, 2022
Bowser told the press she was “saddened to say” that she had accepted Geldart’s resignation. Before he blew his top in a parking lot he did a good job. Even if he only kept an apartment in town for show and entertaining the ladies, while living with his wife and kids in Falls Church, Virginia.
“I am proud of the work we’ve done together over the last eight years” Mayor Bowser proclaimed. “I am immensely grateful to Chris for his service to the city.”
“Chris has been a very capable and effective public servant and I’ve gotten to know him over the years in several roles.” That makes it sound like she was one of the visitors to his apartment.
Grabbed by the throat
The 53-year-old former deputy mayor may have been leader of Washington DC’s COVID-19 emergency response efforts but he still can’t get away with grabbing a guy by the throat.
The police report notes that the argument “started around 12:30 p.m. between Geldart and trainer Dustin Woodward after the door of Geldart’s parked car hit Woodward’s car in the parking lot of a Gold’s gym.”
Video clearly shows the much larger Geldart shouting and intimidating the Woodward but the smaller man wasn’t giving an inch until they were chest to chest. That’s when an enraged Geldart went in for the kill.
“Despite being much smaller in stature, Woodward sizes Geldart back up, until the massive deputy mayor appears to reach for Woodward’s throat.”
Bystanders had to intervene and break it up. Geldart left in his car before police arrived. Woodward isn’t claiming any injuries from the scuffle and didn’t know his assailant was the deputy mayor until afterward. He did know the man as a “bully” he had seen around the gym before though.
“What he did was wrong and shouldn’t go unpunished, especially given the position that he holds.” Well, held. “But, we also need to show some compassion for him in this matter as well. The man has a family that he’s responsible for feeding and needs to be able to provide for. This situation puts a bit of a wrench in that.” Maybe he’ll think twice before he gets that pumped up again.