In leaked audio from a private meeting, Arlington's mayor ripped on people who oppose a new Texas Rangers Stadium. He used the words "misdirected" and "rabid" to describe the opponents.
Mayor Jeff Williams says he was recorded without his knowledge during a private meeting. He says the comments he made were directed at a few in the opposition who he says are misleading voters about the proposal for a new Rangers stadium.
Opponents argue that citizens are being asked to pay too much for their share of a new stadium and don't want it at all.
Williams was recorded while talking to a small group. The mayor says he wasn't talking about everyone who's against the stadium, only the 7 or 8 people who have been leading the opposition.
“They do not have that intelligence there to be able to translate that we're investing money in the entertainment district to make money,” Williams said.
But it’s how the mayor expressed his frustration that's troubling for some.
"It's very disconcerting that my mayor that openly just disparages people he disagrees with like that,” said Warren Norred with the Citizens for a Better Arlington.
“This small group we need to stand up to,” said Williams. “We cannot let them bully our community into believing things that are not true."
Action Arlington, the group the mayor was speaking to, said they stand behind the mayor and his view that the 7 to 10 people leading the opposition are misleading voters.
"There are only a half dozen of us who have spoken publicly on this issue, and I'm one of them,” said Norred. “He's talking about me. He won't return my phone call. That is not something your mayor should do to you."
And with a billion dollar stadium and surrounding development, there is a lot of money at stake. The mayor says the campaign is getting ugly.
"This is an example about what we're frustrated about, not the way we do things here in Arlington, not who we are or who we want to be,” said Williams.
Both sides are claiming they'll win out next Tuesday. The Vote Yes campaign says their numbers still show them ahead but admit it could be close.