Dems to Schilling: too far this time
The mayor and another City Councilor have put lone Republican Councilor Rob Schilling on notice that they're not going to take it any more. They're furious that he's accused them of conspiring (as a "cabal") to create the City budget, but as the Daily Progress reports this morning, Schilling has not offered up a competing budget plan, and quotes former mayor/current Councilor Blake Caravati as warning that Schilling could face political penalties and possibly "criminal penalties" for his statements.
2:50pm Update/correction: We got the sense from a commenter below that we misread the part about "criminal penalties." (The Progress subheadline: "Spending critic warned of 'criminal penalties'" abetted our error).
What Caravati was actually saying is that the Democratic councilors were the ones accused of a misdemeanor carrying the "criminal penalties." We called Caravati, who says that Schilling could, however, face some penalties. But could be civil penalties over the "cabal" allegation? "I didn't say 'slander' answers Caravati, "but I may soon."