New GOP chair 'ready to fight fire with fire'

Published on Sunday, 16 April 2017 21:22
Written by

Jeff Caggiano

Chair, Bristol Republican Town Committee.

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to a recent leter by Kris Granetek in the Bristol Press on Thursday, April 13th.

As the newly elected Bristol Republican Town Committee cChair in late July, I will take ultimate responsibility for the failure to follow through with a bi-partisan Freedom of Information Violation Complaint against the chair of the Memorial Boulevard Task Force. There is no doubt that public funds were used in providing legal guidance for that investigation. Due to a sloppy transition and communication, the Bristol RTC needs to own the responsibility of only being able to show up to the final disposition hearing in early August 2016. There are two key facts in this case that need to be understood.

1. The evidence in the case was widely reported in the Press. It was and is still potentially damaging. The Memorial Boulevard School Task Force was no longer in existence at the time of that final hearing and the commission felt the case was moot. Therefore they did not assign guilt or innocence in dismissing the case.

2. The above mentioned evidence of impropriety was surfaced only as a direct result of an Freedom of Information request by a Democrat looking to bring forth incriminating evidence against the mayor. No such information surfaced.

I have purposefully left out names and actual evidence in this response, but am happy to fight fire with fire if accusations and innuendos become the partisan playbook in the upcoming election season. It is time to focus on issues rather than personal attacks. I for one believe that Bristol is moving in the right direction. Let’s hear what candidates have done and will continue to do for this city rather than speculate.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Letters on Sunday, 16 April 2017 21:22. Updated: Sunday, 16 April 2017 21:24.