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September 5, 2013

Congressman, challengers weighing the options on Syria

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Republican Richard Tisei, who lost his bid to unseat Tierney last year, has not decided whether to seek a rematch next year, but he posted a statement on his Facebook page saying, “President Obama’s decision to seek Congressional authorization for the use of force in Syria is the right one, whatever the reasons.”

“Up until this point, the president did the right thing, not acting on his own and going to Congress to get an authorization vote,” Tisei said in an interview.

But Tisei, too, said he would need more information before deciding whether to support or oppose a military strike.

“I am going to be listening very carefully,” said Tisei, who listened to the debate on CSPAN in the British House of Commons in which Parliament rejected Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for a military strike in Syria.

Tisei said Obama will have to convince both Democrats and Republicans in Congress on his plans.

“Is it good to lob a few missiles into Syria? I don’t think that is going to accomplish anything,” Tisei said. He also said he has misgivings about who might replace the Assad regime if it is toppled.

A key Senate panel yesterday approved a resolution for military action, though support in the House was uncertain.

President Obama, on a visit to Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday said the international community’s credibility is on the line when it comes to enforcing treaties against the use of chemical weapons.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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