Sep 07, 2012

Tea Party Tisei is Wrong for Massachusetts

Richard Tisei (MA-06) is going to spend the next 60 days explaining to Massachusetts voters why he thinks Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare is a “good starting point” and the Tea Party is a “godsend.”  These extreme positions are wildly out of touch with Massachusetts voters and foreshadow a dangerously radical career toeing the Republican line if he ever makes it to Washington.

“It’s no wonder Richard Tisei refuses to discuss the issues, he knows that he is going to have to spend the next 60 days explaining to Massachusetts voters why he thinks the Tea Party is a ‘godsend’ and the Republican plan to end Medicare to pay for tax breaks for millionaires is ‘a good starting point,’” said Josh Schwerin, Northeast Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “If Tea Party Tisei starts by ending Medicare, thinks a radical group that wants to limit access to lifesaving care for women is a ‘godsend,’ and is already being backed by shadowy rightwing groups, Massachusetts families deserve to know exactly how far he plans to go to make the middle class suffer.”

Background

Tisei Called The Tea Party A “Godsend.” In January 2012, Tisei called the Tea Party movement a “Godsend.” He said, “The Tea Party has been a God-send to (Republicans). They have been the people who work the country up and made it realize it was about to go over a cliff.” [Tewksbury Patch, 1/13/12]

Tisei Said Ryan Budget That “Would Essentially End Medicare” Was A “Good Starting Point.” In August 2012, Tisei called the Republican budget plan authored by Rep. Paul Ryan “a good starting point.” The Wall Street Journal wrote, “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [Salem News, 8/17/12; Wall Street Journal, 4/04/11]


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