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Opinion

October 15, 2012

Will we get an election present?

To the editor:

Are we going to get an early seasonal present? It is time to look forward to the benefits we may get from the elections. Our voting for three candidates could mean a lot to the state and congressional District 6. These three are Mitt Romney, Massachusetts’ “favorite son”; Sen. Scott Brown for a full six years and Richard Tisei to replace a damaged opponent.

Mitt Romney was elected governor in 2003 and ran for president in 2008. As governor, he worked with a Legislature that was over 80 percent Democrat. He was able to effectively work with both parties to get the state’s business done. He was respected on both sides of the aisle for his ability to build consensuses.

Scott Brown comes from a middle-class family of modest means, and he continues carry his values today. Scott was elected to the Massachusetts House in 1998 and the Senate in 2004, where he worked with Richard Tisei. In 2008, they were two of five Republicans in the Senate. In 2010, Scott was successfully elected to the U.S. Senate.

Richard Tisei was first elected to the Massachusetts House in 1985, the youngest Republican to ever be elected. He served three terms in the House. In 1991, he was elected to the state Senate, where he served until 2010. Richard is a proven leader and was elected minority leader in 2007. In 2010 he was a candidate for lieutenant governor.

Both Scott and Richard worked closely with Gov. Romney during his four years. However, both are independent thinkers and voted to override some of the governor’s vetoes. They all had to work with the opposition to get their interests put into legislation.

In the U.S. Senate, Brown has repeatedly reached across the aisle in a time of little bipartisan relations. After less than three years, his name appears as co-author of several pieces of legislation that have become law. If the next Senate has a Republican majority, Scott is in line to become chair of the Homeland Security Committee.

We can expect synergy among these three candidates when they go to Washington. And, we can expect several other Massachusetts Republicans appointed to high government positions. All this bodes well for our state and the country.

William Parker

Amesbury

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