CREATED May. 8, 2013
Omaha, NE - A new TV ad will hit airwaves Thursday, just five days before the election.
"Imagine living in Omaha with a mayor who promises everything, to everybody."
The ad criticizes Jean Stothert and asks voters to re-elect Mayor Jim Suttle. It's paid for, by the Firefighters for Better Government, meaning two powerful public unions stand behind the mayor.
Jean Stothert says it's clear why the unions aren't supporting her.
"They don't want me to be mayor. They don't want me to be mayor because they know I will be a tough negotiator. They know I was with the labor contracts, they know I will not be bought by the unions, I won't take money from them."
We showed Jean Stothert the ad for the first time. She said it's misleading and these efforts by the fire union won't make a difference at all on Election Day.
"They would much rather Jim Suttle remain mayor because he will give them what they want in the labor contracts. They know my interests are for the financial health and welfare of the citizens and the businesses first and foremost. Not special interests, not labor unions."
Action 3 News also showed the ad to Mayor Suttle. He said the unions make their own choices on who they support. He chose to focus on his track record saying the ad matches the growth Omaha has seen.
"I went to speak to the mayor of Lexington, KY and 150 representatives. They've come to Omaha to find out why we're doing do well and why we're number one on all these lists. Why would they do that? Because it's correct because it's real."
Suttle said his results over the last four years speak for themselves.
"What you see is what you get. We've come a long way from the chaos of our finance, the flood we fought those."