|Published:||Jul 20, 2010 4:48 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 20, 2010 1:48 AM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral mayor John Sullivan is refusing to apologize after he was caught on an open mic making a comment that some may consider inappropriate.
**Please note the use of the language in question in the video attached to this story.**
Mayor John Sullivan admits to making the comment at the June 14th meeting. Sullivan says he was responding to his former campaign treasurer, who had contacted other council members to reveal donations made by new city manager Gary King to Sullivan's mayoral campaign.
Sullivan says the comment was not meant to be sexual, but a reflection of the fallout with the former campaign worker.
"I could've chosen better words, but that's what it's all about. She's angry with me," Sullivan said.
"I was sitting at home and couldn't believe the disgusting decorum I just heard on an open mic," said longtime city union leader Wally Ilczyszn, who brought up the statement at Monday's council meeting, demanding an apology from the city's top elected official.
"You're the mayor, you're the leader, you should be setting the example, and I don't think that's a good one," Ilczyszn said.
But the mayor was more disgusted at the implication that's his support of King was somehow bought by a campaign donation.
"Will I apologize? No," Sullivan told Monday night's meeting. "The only thing I'm sorry for is the mic was left open."