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Glendale mayor candidate accuses opponent of property damage

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

It may not be getting a lot of attention, but the race for the mayor of Glendale is getting heated.

The race is between current state Representative Jerry Weiers and Manny Cruz. Cruz is alleging Weirs damaged state property, and he released surveillance video of it.

The video shows Jerry Weiers backing his SUV up to the state Capitol, tying a rope around a large planter that acted as security barrier, then pulling it out of the way.

Weiers allegedly did it because he wanted to park his motorcycle close to the House of Representatives.

Cruz says his opponent's actions shows that he thinks the rules don't apply to him.

"This action is unbecoming of an elected official and the people of Glendale need to know about Jerry's temperament," says Cruz. "Jerry Weiers is not worthy of being mayor of the 5th largest city in our state."

Cruz for Mayor spokesman Terry Goddard says the act was done suspiciously and secretly and should offend taxpayers.

"Could you or I take an SUV up to the state House of Representatives, back up to a planter which has been put there by state officials, and move it without consequences? I don't think so," says Goddard. "That's just wrong. It's immature, it's silly and it's wrong for anybody who aspires to public office."

DPS says there was no damage and so no report was ever taken.

Weiers for Mayor spokesman Jason Rose says any attention that 'planter-gate' might get is humorous. He simply made space -- no harm, no foul, right?

"This is just silly and nothing more than a distraction of a liberal who's losing," says Rose. "It wasn't an issue before, it wasn't an issue afterwards and it's just silliness defined that we're discussing this."

The Cruz campaign sees things a little differently, claiming the $1,100 planter could've been damaged, and that it cost taxpayer dollars to move it back into place, which is a waste.

"This is not the crime of the century. I'm not here to say that, it's probably not even the crime of the 24 hours around February the 6th, but it is an irresponsible act by a state lawmaker abusing state property and taking the law into his own hands," says Goddard.

As for Jerry Weiers, he released this statement: "I moved a planter. It was moved back. When you are a liberal embracing the biggest tax hike in Glendale history... I guess this is what you do."

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