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April 8, 2014

Tisei meets with downtown merchants

After losing his bid for a congressional seat in Massachusetts’ 6th District by a mere 1 percent in 2012, Republican Richard Tisei was in town last week, gearing up for round two against incumbent John Tierney (D-Salem).

“A lot of candidates like to talk a lot, but at this point, it is important to listen,” Tisei said. “People are very frustrated with the way things are going in general and don’t have any confidence that anybody is listening to them anymore or that the government is doing the right things to help the average person or the average family.”

A real estate broker, Tisei often visits with fellow small business owners to get the lay of the land in the 6th District’s cities and towns. Barbershops are a particular favorite and Tisei stopped by Louis’ Barbershop on Water Street before stopping into Greenery Designs and the soon-to-be-vacated Bertram & Oliver Booksellers last Thursday afternoon.

“Amesbury has one of the highest unemployment rates in the entire district and that is the published unemployment rate,” Tisei said. “We have been told for so long that things are going to get better and now people are being told to accept what is as the new normal. And I don’t think people should accept that. People here in Amesbury didn’t accept it on the local level and decided to go in a new direction. Congress is the people’s house, so if you want to change the direction that the country is going in, you have an opportunity to be able to do that.”

Tierney beat Tisei 48 percent to 47 percent in 2012, which would account for a roughly 3,600-vote margin of victory in an election where more than 372,000 votes were cast. Tisei will be back in town tomorrow afternoon to visit Workspace 36.

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