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November 1, 2012

Column: Right here, right now

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Elizabeth Warren is among the foremost financial experts in the Western world. She was called on by both parties during the financial crisis. Her major public service contribution is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; perhaps that is why the right wing fears her influence coming to the Senate. She stands for fair play for the majority, and a level playing field for all.

United States Rep. John Tierney vs. Richard Tisei: Richard Tisei would be scary if he were in power. If you like Paul Ryan and Todd Akin, you’ll love Tisei. Women’s rights; the environment; competent oversight of the markets; and the efficient administration of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid really aren’t important to Tisei. He’s had commercials financed by Karl Rove’s Crossroads organization. Rove, if you recall, was George W. Bush’s “brain trust.”

Tisei’s other big financial endorsers are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, primarily financed by the Koch brothers, who are one of the biggest, if not the biggest, polluters of fresh water in the United States. Here in the 6th District, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner appeared for Tisei. All this for a candidate who has never held federal office before.

Just an observation: You should be known by the company you keep. As far as concerns about our present representative from the sixth district, John Tierney of Salem, the worst that can be said of him is that he’s not his brother-in-law’s keeper. As far as Tierney’s voting record goes, you can always count on him to protect Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, education, the environment and the fair-play values that we treasure here on the North Shore.

Your vote is very valuable. Please, don’t forget to use it!

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Joseph F. Doyle of Salem is a freelance writer.

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