Asked if that meant a Democrat would be appointed his vice mayor, Cranley said, “Yes, I intend to.”Clear intentions are not commitments. Cranley can intend to feed the poor with cheese from the Moon, but face facts, that's not going to happen. He has no plan for Vice-Mayor and more importantly has not been supporting most (if any) Democratic Council Candidates, something that would help indicate who he might appoint. He has no connections with anyone but Republicans, so this comment by Cranley is pure political deception. Cranley (if elected) would be able to deny he "lied" when he appointed a Republican as Vice-Mayor because he "intended" to appoint a Dem, but none elected agree with him.
The other way this is bullshit is simple: Chris Smitherman is a registered Democrat. So he still could claim he wasn't lying.
Cranley's statement of intentions doesn't change anything. He can pretend to be a Democrat as a way to gain votes, but when collects money from the GOP his base of support is clear.
Furthermore, Cranley isn't denying the rumor about Smitherman.