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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Opponents of a proposed retractable roof ballpark for the Texas Rangers are taking the mayor of Arlington to task over secretly-recorded remarks made during a meeting with local business leaders.
The pro-stadium people, however, said Mayor Jeff Williams’ comments were taken out of context.
As he acknowledged that the opponents were turning out in larger numbers than the supporters in early voting, Williams had a few choice words for the leaders of the opposition group, Citizens for a Better Arlington.
“They are the CAVE’s — the Citizens Against Virtually Everything,” Williams said. “They’re mad. They don’t want anything happening. You wouldn’t leave your kids with them to babysit them.”
“They don’t have the facts right. Either that or they do not have the intelligence there to be able to translate that we’re investing money in the entertainment district to make money.”
“They’re so misdirected because a vote ‘no’ almost definitely means your property taxes are going up or your services are going down,” Williams said.
Brian Mayes with the ‘Yes’ campaign said he fully supports the mayor’s comments.
“He was very clearly talking about a small group of seven to ten people that has shown that when it comes to their campaign, facts are only an option,” Mayes said.
That’s an assertion that Faith Bussey, the president of Citizens for a Better Arlington, disputes.
“I think anybody can listen to the audio for themselves and determine who he was talking about,” Bussey said. “Anytime the mayor spoke about this deal, it was couched in terms of people who are for the deal are for Arlington, and people who are against the deal are not for Arlington or we don’t love Arlington.”
Mayes agrees with Williams’ assertion that Citizens for a Better Arlington appear to be against everything.
“This is the same group that recently opposed a school bond referendum that passed 70 to 30,” says Mayes. “They opposed the Dallas Cowboys stadium election that passed by 11 points.”
Bussey said the group Mayes was referring to isn’t her’s.
“Citizens for a Better Arlington wasn’t even formed until three years ago,” Bussey said, “and the first and only project that we’ve done to date besides this one was banning red light cameras in Arlington.”
Mayes said the opposition group was combative toward supporters, including at the polling places.
“From day one, this group has attacked the character of the mayor and the council. That is a divisive way to destroy a city.”
Bussey said the aggressiveness at the polling places goes both ways.
“We’ve heard just as many stories about Yes supporters accosting people and attacking their character,” she said.
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