War of Words

By Max Resnik

October 25, 2011 Updated Oct 25, 2011 at 6:52 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Tuesday afternoon, Republican Mayoral challenger Paula Hughes and Allen County Democratic Spokesman Kevin Knuth each held news conferences to address mail and television advertising between the two campaigns.

Both camps said the other is misleading voters in their advertising.

Knuth says Hughes cannot be trusted because she is lying to voters about a past of voting for tax increases, how she would handle snow removal and leaf pick-up and mud slinging between the parties.

Hughes, with fellow republicans by her side including Liz Brown, Paul Moss, Roy Buskirk and Nelson Peters, called the race between her and Henry the nastiest in the State of Indiana.

“I thought it was just politics. I thought that this was just Tom playing politics. I never expected to be a part of the nastiest campaign in the State of Indiana. And I think it's time for a call for decorum and integrity.

Knuth says there is nothing misleading about the ads being run by the Indiana Democratic Party and the Henry campaign.

“Look up this stuff yourself. Everything we say, we have footnotes to show you where we got our information. It's all public record. This isn't somebody that's making up stuff in a backroom. It's all out there for anybody to read.”

One recently contentious issue between the candidates is leaf pick-up. In a recent article in The Journal Gazette, Hughes called leaf pick-up a luxury and questioned whether it is a priority. The Henry campaign has said Hughes would cut leaf pick-up if elected mayor. Today, she said that compared to public safety, leaf pick-up is a luxury and one that is not seen in many surrounding communities. Knuth says Hughes wants it both ways.

“If you're not going to cut luxuries, what do you cut? You have to cut vital services. She can't have it both ways. Right now she's trying to say leaf pick-up is a luxury and then she's trying to say it's not. You can't have it both ways.”

Hughes says not all communities enjoy the luxury of leaf pick-up.

“It's a luxury. There are communities that don't do that. The county doesn't do it. It's a nice service to have but let's be honest, it's a luxury.”

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