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August 14, 2012

5 local mayors endorse Tierney

Say Republican budget plan would cripple local services

Five local mayors spoke out in unison yesterday to endorse 6th District Congressman John Tierney in his tight re-election campaign against Republican Richard Tisei.

“John Tierney is accessible, he’s attentive and well-versed on the issues,” said Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon, who praised the eight-term Democrat for securing millions in federal funding for the city. “He’s a guy who delivers the goods. We can depend on him. I hope he sticks around for a long time.”

That sentiment was echoed by Mayors Kim Driscoll of Salem, Ted Bettencourt of Peabody, Donna Holaday of Newburyport and Thatcher Kezer of Amesbury in a conference call yesterday with reporters.

“The key word is partnership, and that’s what exists between local, state and federal governments. John Tierney has been a partner for us; he’s always asking, ‘How can we help?’” Kezer said. “You hear the Republican side and they are backing out of that partnership, but at the local level we depend on that partnership.”

In addition to supporting Tierney, the mayors — four Democrats and an independent (Scanlon) — took turns bashing a Republican-backed budget written by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who was tapped last week to be presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate.

Ryan’s budget has been a lightning rod for Democrats, including Tierney, who see the initiatives as nothing short of class warfare. The proposal would largely privatize Medicare, cut Medicaid spending, dismantle 2010’s sweeping health care overhaul and cut a slew of other programs in an effort to reduce the national deficit. It would also cut tax rates across the board.

The five local mayors said that plan would cripple local services and cut education spending and other much-needed funds for infrastructure, social services and municipal improvement projects, all while providing wealthy Americans with greater tax breaks.

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