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October 9, 2012

Fishman a factor in race

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

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“I don’t know who would support Tierney at this point; I guess it’s union people, and I can’t imagine any of them supporting Fishman,” said Barbara Anderson, executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation, a conservative group based in Marblehead.

Although Anderson counts herself as a Libertarian, she wishes Fishman had stayed out of the race.

“This is not a year we should be fooling around with a third-party candidacy. It’s a very serious time in our nation’s history,” Anderson said. “I can’t imagine why on earth he is running, especially when there is such a good candidate that’s so similar. ... If this is a very close race, I can imagine it being a concern.”

On Fishman’s own website, a commenter named Bob Bragdon urged Fishman to back out of the race so as not to inadvertently help Tierney.

“Be pragmatic and look at the long picture here,” Bragdon wrote. “If we are saddled with Tierney for two more years, that will be on your shoulders, and your name will be mud.”

Fishman doesn’t back down.

“I’m willing to be called mud if that’s what it takes to stand up for civil liberties. I cannot willfully support a party that passed the Defense of Marriage Act. I cannot support a party that supports the Patriot Act,” he said, naming two controversial laws, the first signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton and the second signed by Republican President George W. Bush.

“If I felt like the Republican Party was true to the principles they avow, I could have kept quiet. But I think it’s clear to everyone now that the two parties are both about increasing governmental power — just in different directions.”

There has not been a peep of criticism from either Tisei or Tierney about Fishman — he is the lone man who has escaped the brutal mudslinging that has characterized the race so far.

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