RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh city councilwoman said she was verbally and physically assaulted by the mayor’s husband.
The interaction took place Feb. 6 at the convention center. The city unveiled the Dix Park Master Plan.
Councilwoman Kay Crowder spoke and thanked several people, but not Mayor Nancy McFarlane.
The mayor didn’t attend the event as she was recovering from surgery.
McFarlane’s husband, Ron, confronted Crowder.
In a statement, the mayor wrote:
My husband, Ron, was understandably stressed that evening due to my surgery the previous day. He was upset that I was not recognized, as the rest of the council was, in the remarks given by Council member Crowder at the Dix Park Community Meeting. He expressed to Council Member Crowder how upset he was in a way that I believe was too strongly worded. I’m sure that Council Member Crowder understands that he was tired and stressed that night. Ron has reached out and made numerous attempts to apologize for his behavior. Ron and Kay have known each other over 30 years and I am sure that they will be able to put this aside.
The Chairman of the Southwest Citizen Advisory Council, Bob Edgerton, said he witnessed the ordeal.
“He had his left hand on her shoulder gripping her, and the other hand like this, and he was intensely yelling mostly into her left ear,” Edgerton said.
Edgerton said he didn’t know who the man talking to Crowder was but he could tell she was uncomfortable. Edgerton said he stood close to Ron and that Ron walked away. He said Crowder thanked him for intervening.
Crowder said she’s sick with the flu and unable to do an interview. She said she’s struggling with the situation and plans to release a statement soon.