He cited the backing of Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan, a Democrat, who called Tisei “the finest state delegate that we’ve had here during my 10
years as mayor.” Melrose is not part of the 6th Congressional District.
Tierney, a sharp critic of the Ryan budget plan, has advocated for a Democratic proposal to balance the budget by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans; eliminating certain tax loopholes and subsidies; and growing the tax base by investing in infrastructure, education, technology and other areas.
What Tierney and Tisei could agree on yesterday is that the November election will have broad implications for the 6th District and the nation in the years to come.
“The first vote Richard Tisei will take (if elected) is to empower the people who voted for the Ryan budget and for the people who want to execute that plan,” Tierney said, referring to the vote at the beginning of each new Congress that would presumably re-elect House Speaker John Boehner and Budget Chairman Ryan if the Republicans hold onto power in the chamber.
Tisei “has said he’s comfortable with Ryan’s positions and where he’s going. ... Is he comfortable privatizing Medicare, gutting Medicaid and cutting the tax rate for wealthy Americans to pay for things the middle class relies on?” Tierney said.
Tisei, meanwhile, citing the wide-held belief that Republicans will hang onto power in the lower chamber, said that the district will essentially have no voice if Tierney is re-elected.
“Being elected to Congress as part of the majority will mean I’ll be able to do more for the district and individual communities than John Tierney, and I’ll be able to do a lot more for the state,” Tisei said, adding that there are currently no Massachusetts Republicans in the U.S. House.
“All John Tierney can do is demonize leadership,” Tisei said. “They don’t even take his phone calls.”