“I don’t agree with the chamber on every issue, but I do on the main issue: getting people back to work and jump-starting the economy,” Tisei said.
The Tisei camp tried to use Tierney’s rhetoric against him, saying it’s “funny” that Tierney, once the president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, now calls the U.S. Chamber “radical” after its endorsement of his opponent.
The Tierney camp argued that local chambers have no ties to the U.S. Chamber.
In Salem, at least, that was confirmed by Salem Chamber Executive Director Rinus Oosthoek.
“That’s a firm absolutely not,” Oosthoek said when asked if his chamber is at all affiliated with the U.S. Chamber. “I would be surprised if any local chamber takes a position (on the election) because you can’t win. On a personal level, yes, but as a chamber I don’t think you should or can.”
Oosthoek said the Salem Chamber works well and has a great relationship with Tierney now and “will happily” work with whoever is elected to Congress this November.