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October 12, 2012

Letter: Party insiders can't save Tierney

To the editor:

We are not often at odds with John Walsh, a brilliant political operative who thankfully delivered Gov. Patrick and President Obama to the Commonwealth. We were proud to serve in his ground troops for all of those campaigns.

But working to support Congressman John Tierney is one sneaker he can’t shine.

Perhaps even he knows that. Even Mr. Walsh can’t overcome a flawed incumbent who can’t read the handwriting on the wall. Furthermore, the Democratic Party, whether in Washington or in Massachusetts, ignores the dynamics in this race at their own peril.

Voters, at least in this district, are focused on the person not the party.

Richard Tisei has a long history of accomplishments on our behalf and many personal relationships that ensure the voters know he is an honest, reliable elected official who worked hard on Beacon Hill to help children, families, veterans, seniors and individuals with serious special needs like his disabled sister and to ensure essential programs like Medicaid and SSDI are solvent and stable.

As for Mr. Tierney, his contempt for Richard Tisei betrays an even bigger problem — his apparent contempt for many of the the people who sent him to Washington in the first place. That has been his fatal mistake.

MAUREEN FLATLEY

Essex

Chairwoman, Democrats for Tisei

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