Statement by Ken Nelson
The Democrats’ ad targeting me in Saturday’s Journal Inquirer is an outright lie. I demand a retraction. This is reprehensible, despicable and shows there is no end to the depths to which Enfield’s Democrats will sink to hoodwink the public.
Not only did the ad falsely portray my position, it quotes me as making the statement at a non-existent town council meeting. I have steadfastly maintained that not only should there be a tax freeze for senior citizens, but for the entire town.
It is obviously a sad, pathetic, desperate attempt to use scare tactics to get votes, since they have failed so miserably in performance. The Democrats claim they care about our seniors but at the same time, they lie to their faces.
GOP councilman targeted by Dems in campaign ad lashes out
ENFIELD - With Election Day less than 24 hours away, a controversy has erupted over an advertisement that the Democratic Town Committee ran on Saturday in the Journal Inquirer quoting Republican Councilman-at-large Kenneth Nelson Jr. on tax relief for the elderly.
Nelson said today that his comments that were quoted in the advertisement were taken out of context and he has demanded that the Democrats retract the advertisement.
In the advertisement, the Democrats claim they support the elderly and question if the Republicans have forgotten them.
The advertisement quotes Nelson at a Town Council meeting May 9 on tax relief for the elderly as saying, "Most of their houses are mortgage free .... They can pay their own way."
The council did meet for budget deliberations on May 9, but there are no official minutes of the meeting.
"They took bits and pieces," Nelson said of the statement attributed to him.
He added that what he actually said was that there should be tax relief for everybody in town since the younger generation would never be able to pay off their houses in today's economy.
Nelson said he had also asked, "How are you going to pay
for it without impacting the younger generation even more?" But that was not included in the quote, he said.
"I didn't say forget the seniors," Nelson said, adding that his position is that there should be tax relief for everyone.
"If we do a tax freeze for everybody, don't the seniors get a tax freeze also?" he said.
In a statement, Nelson said the Democrats' advertisement was "obviously a sad, pathetic, desperate attempt to use scare tactics to get votes, since they have failed so miserably in performance."
He added today, "The whole thing is ridiculous."
In an e-mail sent by Democratic Town Chairwoman Karen Weseliza to party members, which was obtained by the Journal Inquirer, Weseliza calls the ad targeting Nelson "a mistake."
"I'm all for a fair debate of the issues, however, I really have little interest in pointing fingers and humiliating one person," Weseliza wrote in the e-mail.
"In general, I do not support negative advertising. It doesn't need to be that way in a municipal election,"
Weseliza said today, adding that the Democrats won't retract the ad. "It is what it is."
Democratic Deputy Mayor Kenneth Hilinski disputes Nelson's claim that he was taken out of context.
"It is Ken Nelson's quote," Hilinski said, adding that it was obtained during campaign research from a tape recording of the meeting that is available at Town Hall.
Hilinski asserted that the Republicans had placed negative advertisements about the Democrats that were untrue in other publications.