GOP mayoral hopeful counters opponent’s campaign mailer

In a news release, Ken Cockayne (R-2), the Republican nominee for mayor of Bristol said his Democrat opponent, Chris Wilson, has taken his campaign for Mayor to a “new low.”

The release from the GOP candidate said Wilson “recently mailed a ‘hit piece’ out to area residents chastising Cockayne for everything under the sun.”

Recently, the release said, the Republican candidate for mayor issued a proposal to offer elderly “homeowners” and opportunity to receive a $500 tax credit if they volunteered for area nonprofit organizations.

In the mailer, the release from Cockayne reported, ‘his opponent says he will ‘reject the Cockayne Forced Senior Labor Plan.’ His opponent already claims that there is a tax relief for elderly and disabled persons already on the books.”

“Absolutely oblivious and that’s the only way I can describe my opponent,” Cockayne said in his campaign statement. “His failing campaign has now resorted to the gutter and I thought he was a better person than that.”

Cockayne explained, the release reported, that his proposal for the elderly tax relief program is being offered only to homeowners who currently do not receive any benefits. “The program (Wilson) is referring to in his negative mailer is the ‘Homeowners Rebate for the Elderly and Disabled Persons,’ which is administered by the Connecticut Office of Policy Management and not the city of Bristol as his opponent claims.”

“The program is no longer taking new participants and if a homeowner did not apply last year they were ineligible to apply this year,” Cockayne said in his campaign news release. “Elderly homeowners just keep paying taxes to support the outrageous spending at the Board of Education with no relief in sight.”

Cockayne said in his campaign statement his opponent’s home state of Massachusetts has a similar program like he proposed along with the communities of Manchester and Danbury. “If these proposals can work there, than why they can’t work here in the City of Bristol, “Cockayne asked, according to his news release.

The Republican nominee added, said the release, “All I am proposing is an ordinance change to our Code of Ordinances, and I intend to ask the new committee to look into this proposal along with others to gauge its viability – I find it distressing that my opponent would be opposed to su

Ken Cockayne, Republican candidate for mayor

Ken Cockayne, Republican candidate for mayor

ch a dialogue.”

“I can understand that my opponent and members of his new party are having trouble understanding a tax relief program since all they have stood for this campaign is a vow to raise Bristol property taxes in order to promote a bigger and wasteful government,” Cockayne added in his press release “and at the end of the day the only thing they are asking you the public to do is foot the bill.”

“Cockayne is a three term City Councilman who has been a leading advocate for fiscal responsibility in Bristol and his record on this issue is solid,” the candidate’s news release said.

“My opponent touts his years of experience as a member of the Board of Education. However, his intentional misrepresentation of my positions sets a very bad example for the students of Bristol that he claims to be their advocate and he should be ashamed of himself,” Cockayne said in his release to the  media.