SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Congress 2012

August 14, 2012

5 local mayors endorse Tierney

Say Republican budget plan would cripple local services

Five local mayors spoke out in unison yesterday to endorse 6th District Congressman John Tierney in his tight re-election campaign against Republican Richard Tisei.

“John Tierney is accessible, he’s attentive and well-versed on the issues,” said Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon, who praised the eight-term Democrat for securing millions in federal funding for the city. “He’s a guy who delivers the goods. We can depend on him. I hope he sticks around for a long time.”

That sentiment was echoed by Mayors Kim Driscoll of Salem, Ted Bettencourt of Peabody, Donna Holaday of Newburyport and Thatcher Kezer of Amesbury in a conference call yesterday with reporters.

“The key word is partnership, and that’s what exists between local, state and federal governments. John Tierney has been a partner for us; he’s always asking, ‘How can we help?’” Kezer said. “You hear the Republican side and they are backing out of that partnership, but at the local level we depend on that partnership.”

In addition to supporting Tierney, the mayors — four Democrats and an independent (Scanlon) — took turns bashing a Republican-backed budget written by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who was tapped last week to be presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate.

Ryan’s budget has been a lightning rod for Democrats, including Tierney, who see the initiatives as nothing short of class warfare. The proposal would largely privatize Medicare, cut Medicaid spending, dismantle 2010’s sweeping health care overhaul and cut a slew of other programs in an effort to reduce the national deficit. It would also cut tax rates across the board.

The five local mayors said that plan would cripple local services and cut education spending and other much-needed funds for infrastructure, social services and municipal improvement projects, all while providing wealthy Americans with greater tax breaks.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Congress 2012

Local News
  • Salem extends principal search SALEM -- Superintendent Stephen Russell has extended the search for three new principals, arguably the most important personnel decisions he will make in his three years as head of the public schools. Russell is about to hire principals to guide turn

    April 24, 2014

  • 140423_SN_KYU_CROSSWALK A safer place to cross

    PEABODY -- A little more than a year after tragedy struck, the new pedestrian traffic signal in front of St. Adelaide's Parish is installed and operational. "My dad worked his whole life in the service of his community, church and country, and it giv

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo 5 Stories

  • MBTA proposes commuter-rail fee increase SALEM -- The train to Boston is about to get more expensive. Across-the-board fare increases recently proposed by the MBTA would raise the price of single trips on the commuter rail by 25 to 50 cents and the cost of monthly passes from between $10 fo

    April 24, 2014

  • Unrepentant serial drunken driver gets 31/2 to 5 years PEABODY -- Despite what a judge and prosecutor called an attempt to "hijack" the proceedings in his case, a serial drunken driver from Peabody was sentenced to state prison yesterday. Right up to the end, Peter Hurley, 53, was adamant that he'd done

    April 24, 2014

  • pipes1 Sewerage repair delay sparks worry MARBLEHEAD -- Serious concerns are building over delays in the repair of a sewer pipe connecting Marblehead to the South Essex Sewerage District in Salem. The need for replacing the two pipes became apparent in March 2013, when one began to leak int

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos