SAN DIEGO – The children of a slain San Diego police officer have come out against mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio in a new television ad produced by the Filner for Mayor campaign.
In the commercial, the children of Officer Christopher Wilson say that Councilman DeMaio voted in June 2011 to deny health benefits to them after their father was killed. Wilson was shot in the head in 2010 during a shootout at an apartment complex.
Filner declined to be interviewed about the commercial, but his campaign released a statement that said, in part:
Our campaign learned of Kaylee and Conner Wilson’s interest in speaking out about Carl DeMaio’s actions. We contacted them and they agreed to participate in the commercial.
The commercial draws attention to Carl DeMaio’s pattern of seeking political gain without concern for the impact of his actions on the individuals involved. He’s done it repeatedly to city workers and to anyone else who disagrees with him. As you can see, this behavior can have very real consequences.
“This is a total lie. I’ve never voted against this measure to hurt the families of officers,” DeMaio responded.
DeMaio said he did vote against a budget plan that included the benefits for families of fallen officers, but he would have supported the benefits if they had been a separate measure. He said he developed a funding plan to support benefits for public safety workers.
“I created a city law that helps officers and firefighters to protect their benefits. I have done a lot for those on the frontline and their families and always will,” said DeMaio.
DeMaio claimed his opponent is taking cheap shots. He took the opportunity to make several counter charges against the congressman.
“Filner voted against embassy funding, survivor benefits for military families and against health programs for military families,” DeMaio claimed
The candidates will get another chance to trade charges and counter charges during a televised debate on FOX5 Morning News on Oct. 31.