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Opinion

October 30, 2012

Our view: Tisei for Congress

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It’s this kind of record that should ease fears he will fall under the hard-right spell of his national party. He has not endorsed the so-called Ryan budget – despite what his opponent says – and has taken issue with its plan to push responsibility for Medicaid on to the states. He also was one of the few Republican candidates nationwide to refuse to sign Grover Norquist’s silly no-tax pledge.

On social issues, Tisei, who is openly gay and pro-choice, calls himself a “live-and-let-live” Republican. He’s a far cry from an ultra-conservative Tea Party radical, as his opponent’s ads claim.

Tisei said his first act as a congressman would be to file a bill repealing 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of medical devices, a levy set to go into effect next year to help pay for Obamacare. The stakes are particularly high here in Massachusetts, where 400 medical device manufacturers employ some 25,000 workers.

That sets him apart from eight-term incumbent Democrat John Tierney of Salem, who voted in favor of the tax despite the presence of several major medical device manufacturers here on the North Shore.

In endorsing Tierney two years ago, we urged him to balance “his support for government spending programs with concern for those in future generations who will have to pay for them.” Sadly, that hasn’t happened, as Tierney has joined his Democratic brethren in pushing for more government spending, even as the national debt passes $16 trillion.

In stark contrast to Tisei and U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, Tierney is anything but bipartisan; he is a reflexive vote for the Democratic Party, no matter the quality of its initiatives.

This election gives voters a stark contrast between two candidates. One has a career marked by hyperpartisanship in one of the most deeply divided Congresses of our time. The other has consistently shown a willingness and ability to work both sides of the aisle in service to his constituents. There are many who say they want to see a more moderate Republican Party; the way to achieve that is to elect more moderate Republicans.

On Nov. 6, we urge voters to cast their ballot for Richard Tisei to serve our 6th District as its congressman.

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