Knuth Claims Republicans Held Illegal Meetings

By Corinne Rose

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 10, 2008 at 7:07 PM EDT

(Fort Wayne, IN) -- Allen County's Democratic Party Chairman claims city council's Republicans met secretly and illegally.

Kevin Knuth is questioning two incidents.

The first, last fall when he claims the five Republican council members met at Don Schmidt's house with the council research assistant and attorney to discuss the budget.

Knuth also claims the new council illegally decided in a caucus who should be president and vice president of the board.

But Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine says neither allegation is true.

Kevin Knuth\Democratic Party Chair: " There are provisions to have caucuses but the law is very clear - you cannot make decisions. When Council came to the table Tuesday night they admitted they had made decisions. And you cannot do that in a caucus that is clearly against the law there is no question about that. If they admit they have made a decision, they have broken the law."

Steve Shine\Republican Party Chair: "If this had happened and was such a great concern, then why didn't the other democratic members of city council who must have known about it, uh, at the time why didn't they raise a concern, why didn't they at the time say that there was some illegality or some impropriety?"

Council's research assistant and one of its attorneys say they had never been at a meeting or caucus at Don Schmidt's house.

Knuth says he stands by his information and is waiting for a response from council president Tom Didier before possibly filing a complaint with the state's public access counselor.

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