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Council member tells Cincy mayor 'You're treating people like sh--'

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ File) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ File)
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (FOX19 NOW/file)
Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach (FOX19 NOW/file)

A potential rift in Cincinnati City Council has now come to the forefront after three council members refused through email to meet weekly with Mayor John Cranley.

Council members Yvette Simpson, Wendell Young and Chris Seelbach denied the mayor's request to meet weekly. Cranley said in the emails that he hoped "to build better communication."

In response to Cranley's request, Seelbach agreed to meet with Cranley once, but would not commit to more meetings.

"I will meet you to talk about our professional relationship," Seelbach replied to Cranley via email. "We'll see how the first meeting goes before I commit to anything else."

Seelbach continued rather bluntly about his denial to meet with the mayor.

"I will tell you in this official email as I will tell you in person, our professional relationship (or lack thereof) has absolutely nothing to do with the streetcar, me being more progressive or past campaigns," Seelbach wrote. "It has to do with you treating people like shit. You treating people with no respect."

Cranley commented on the email in a phone interview with FOX19 NOW Wednesday night. He called the accusations of ill treatment untrue. He also acknowledged that he and Seelbach both care about the city despite their different priorities. 

"All I can say is regardless of his crass email to me and mean-spirited reaction, I'm going to offer him a chance to meet tomorrow and will continue to do so because the people want us to not engage in crass politics but work together for betterment of Cincinnati," Cranley told FOX19 NOW. 

“I think if we break bread and talk to each other, we’re going to be better public servants.”  Cranley said. 

Seelbach mentioned in the email a tense moment on the Council floor on Jan. 6, 2016 where Cranley asked Seelbach if a memo was in English.

"It would be easier to work with you (Chris Seelbach) if you would read the memos that the administration presented," Cranley later said to Seelbach during the exchange. 

The moment was captured and posted to YouTube.

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Cranley reached out to the three council members on Jan. 5-6. On Jan. 19, Cranley asked Simpson to reconsider her initial denial stating that Cranley has found weekly meetings with council members have led to more "civil and productive outcomes to our citizens."

Simpson responded via email.

"Because I have a demanding schedule and prioritize citizen and community stakeholder meetings over internal meetings, I am unable to hold time that may or might not be used on a weekly basis."

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