All politics is local -- and in the case of local politics, it gets personal, too.
It's no surprise to hear Mayor Plusquellic doesn't like Council's Bruce Kilby; the pair have battled for years, and the rhetoric often gets heated. In this case, Plusquellic repeats his often-stated charge Kilby is a "flat out" liar, and this time he uses audio from a council confrontation between Kilby and another occasional Plusquellic target, at-large incumbent Mike Williams, to drive home the point.
Now with Kilby running for an at-large Council seat after he was redistricted out of the ward that had been re-electing him, Plusquellic is putting the full power of his own campaign war chest to keep him off council.
That's the campaign ad running ahead of tomorrow's city elections; Kilby is running against incumbents at-large Linda Omobien, Jeff Fusco and Mike Williams. The ad also includes an edited excerpt between Williams and Kilby.
The "Don Plusquellic Committee" paid for the ads along with website and phone line putting Kilby's exchange up for grabs.
Kilby is responding to the ad.
He says that the allegations against him in the Plusquellic ad are "20 year old lies".
"They were lies in 1993, and they are lies now," Kilby tells AkronNewsNow.com. "I have never in my life assaulted a woman, I was never charged with assaulting a woman, I have never broken a child's arm."
Kilby says he believes Mayor Plusquellic is "projecting", and says the Mayor calls people he dislikes "liars and scoundrels".
AkronNewsNow.com's Mike Ward contributed to this report.