Republican mayoral candidate Edwin Peacock Monday once again criticized Democrat Patrick Cannon’s description of him as “anti-Charlotte” near the end of their debate last week.
“This is the type of partisanship and bickering we’re trying to get away from in this community,” Peacock told reporters. “I think that most of Charlotte recognizes that we don’t want to see more of what we are seeing in Washington. We want to see less of that. We don’t know how it is possible to say that opposing a tax increase is anti-Charlotte.”
He made the comments at Morrison Regional Library, where he had just voted. He was joined by other Republican candidates for the City Council.
Near the end of last week’s debate sponsored by the Observer and PNC Bank, Cannon said, “I’m just wondering why you are so anti-Charlotte,” alluding to Peacock’s opposition to a capital spending plan.
The comment brought an audible gasp and scattered boos from the audience at UNC Charlotte’s uptown campus.
Later Cannon, speaking to some of Peacock’s campaign team and later to the Observer, apologized for the wording, if not the sentiment.
“I was not apologizing for what I said,” Cannon told the Observer, “but rather the choice of words, in that I was pretty much suggesting he would have been against progress. If there was an apology, then it was for the word choice but not for what I meant.”
Peacock has sought to distinguish himself from Cannon in part by criticizing what he sees as the current council’s partisanship.
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