So there I was, at the first 6th Congressional District debate, held by Commonwealth Magazine at North Shore Community College. Participants were, in alphabetic order, Fishman vs. Tierney vs. Tisei. This completes the only objectivity in this column.
As a libertarian, I agreed with everything the Libertarian candidate Daniel Fishman eloquently said — especially his mini-poem about my primary concern this election: “Debt is the threat.” Hope this mantra lodges itself in every voter’s mind.
Now moving on to the real race, which is between Richard Tisei, a nice young man (roughly my son’s age) whom I’ve known for almost 30 years, and John Tierney, whom I loathe with every fiber of my being.
I usually vote Republican because of my primary concern about fiscal issues, but I’ve known Democrats I like; rarely get emotional about any politician, either way. Here is why Tierney is an exception.
So far this campaign season I’ve received eight large anti-Tisei fliers in the mail; expect to receive several more. Chip Ford — also a registered Independent, but younger and male, living next door – didn’t get them. Let’s try to figure out what the targeted demographic is.
The first flier features a hard-hat workingman who accuses Tisei of being “just another Tea Party voice in Washington giving corporations tax breaks to send jobs like mine overseas.”
I’ve known a lot of tea partiers, including myself, none of whom support giving corporations tax breaks to send jobs overseas. I checked the sites noted on the flier as “proof” of the above statement. The first was the Salem News in August; I couldn’t find anything there about Tisei, the Tea Party, corporations. The second site, at Bloomberg News in August, simply noted that Tisei got the endorsement of the National Chamber of Commerce; he said “Now is the time to repeal the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that would do irreparable harm to growing businesses on the North Shore, pass commonsense tax relief to help businesses grow, and end the intrusive practices of the Federal government that are damaging the fishing industry.”