VIDEO: Tecumseh Mayor says Hardcastle's Comments Lack Respect

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Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara is reacting to a recording from a New Democrat incumbent in Windsor-Tecumseh.

A recording of a telephone conversation where Cheryl Hardcastle trashed McNamara after the 2014 municipal election re-surfaced this week; it was originally posted on YouTube back in 2015.

In the recording, which has been edited, Hardcastle can be heard calling voters "stupid" and said residents drank McNamara's "Kool-Aid" among other insults directed at the successful candidates in the 2014 election.

Hardcastle has since apologized publically and tells AM800 News she has apologized to all involved, but McNamara says that isn't the case.

"Not that I'm looking for one,  at the end of the day it is what it is, but no, there was never any communication," he says. "I can't speak for the other members of past councils and also references made to the deputy mayor."

McNamara says it takes a thick skin to hold a seat in office, so he's more concerned with Hardcastle's lack of respect for voters.

"The electorate is always right, I think that's the disappointing piece in making those references saying 'voters are stupid' because they elect certain people," added McNamara, who has endured a few defeats of his own on the election trail. "Respect the vote and then move on. That's why it's critical for anybody, whether you win an election or not, you do it very humbly and when you lose, lose with grace."

Hardcastle says the 40-minute call was recorded without her knowledge.

 

According to an article by True North, the recorded conversation is between Hardcastle and Deputy Mayoral candidate Tony Azar — he has since released a statement saying he was not the person on the other end of the phone.

Hardcastle is running for a seat in Windsor-Tecumseh against Conservative Leo Demarce, Irek Kusmierczyk of the Liberals, Giovanni Abati of the Green Party, Dan Burr of the People's Party of Canada and Laura Chesnik of the Marxist-Leninist Party.