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October 9, 2012

Fishman a factor in race

Votes for Libertarian could decide 6th District election between Tierney, Tisei


“Anytime a third-party candidate enters the race, it changes the mix up a little bit,” Moore said. “When you see Fishman onstage with Tierney and Richard, he has his own views, his own positions, and he states them.”

Fishman has debated one-on-one with John Tierney in Lynn, debated last month against both candidates at North Shore Community College in Lynn, and on Thursday night debated one-on-one with Richard Tisei on Fox 25.

Fishman believes he will draw votes from both sides of the political spectrum.

“A lot of people say they would never vote for a Republican, but would never vote for John Tierney and they are glad I’m running. I am also more fiscally conservative than Richard Tisei; I will absolutely not vote to raise the debt ceiling even more,” Fishman said. “I can’t say for sure who I would take more votes from.”

That’s not the aim anyway, he contends.

“I want to be clear that I am not running to weaken either candidate, I’m running because my views on the issues were not being represented,” he said.

Fishman thinks he may get a boost from disgruntled voters, fed up with the lack of choice and the nasty and personal attacks between the major-party candidates — “not from a distaste of these guys personally,” he said, “but a distaste for what government has become.

“They’re splitting we the people into two camps, and people don’t like that. Now there is a choice out there.”

However, Fishman is getting some push-back from conservatives who view his candidacy as a threat to Tisei. Both are socially liberal and fiscally conservative, and conventional wisdom for many suggests that Fishman stands to do more harm to Tisei than to his Democratic opponent.

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