, Salem, MA


October 3, 2012

Tierney and his lying flyers



During the debate the candidates were asked about the medical devices tax; Tierney responded that the medical device businesses wanted the tax.


The third site was a video on NECN; a good interview of Tisei by Jim Braude. Noted no mention of the Tea Party or corporations going overseas.


I’ll add here that I saw Braude last Friday commenting on “Braude Beat” that while Tisei has always been available, Tierney refuses to appear. Just before this, on Public Television’s Emily Rooney show, her “Beat the Press” mixed panel all disliked Tierney’s demand that debates not include discussion of his family scandal or cross-questioning by the candidates. The highly non-partisan Rooney also noted that Tierney will not appear on her show, accusing her of bias.


Another section of Flier 1 insists that Tisei will be “ending Medicare.” Flier 2, featuring another hardhat, repeats this. Flier 3 features an older man stating that “Richard Tisei will stick with the Tea Party to end the Medicare benefits I was promised.” The man seems over 55; the Romney-Ryan Medicare plan applies only to people under 55. Not sure what the Tea Party is doing on this flier; many tea partiers like me are seniors who want to save Medicare, which is heading for bankruptcy.


And yet: this accusation is repeated in Flier 4, which features an elderly woman, and all the other fliers, culminating in Flier 7 that Tisei brought to the debate and showed the audience. Colored orange, he looks threatening under the words “Richard Tisei will end MEDICARE.”


Flier 5 is like the television ads you have all probably seen, in which gay, easy-going, social-liberal Tisei is connected to Sarah Palin; this one, along with Flier 8, implies he opposes abortion with “no exceptions for rape or the life of the woman” because “he didn’t lift a finger to stop them.” Stop who? What?! I checked the two media sites, couldn’t find anything changing Tisei’s consistent, long-time pro-choice position.

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