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Opinion

October 3, 2012

Letter: Tierney, Tisei should debate true issues

To the Editor;

After reading the Daily Times’ Sept. 24 story about the negative ads being aired here by both the Tierney and Tisei campaigns, I’d like to say, “A pox on both candidates’ houses.”

I plan on voting for John Tierney, even though I feel his explanations as to what he knew about his wife’s role in helping her brother with his tax returns were very poorly handled. But that said, I don’t believe for one minute Congressman Tierney was himself involved in any criminal activity.

I had a great uncle who was a less than an honorable character. Both my grandfather and father were aware of those realities, but that awareness in no way made them party to my great uncle’s activities or responsible for them. The same holds true for Tierney. That is why I find the Tisei campaign’s ads so offensive.

Likewise, I find the anti-Tisei ads being waged by Tierney’s campaign almost equally offensive.

To claim, as the anti-Tisei ads do, that Richard Tisei is a Republican in the mold of Tea Party right wingers like Sarah Palin, Todd Akin, and Allen West is as bogus and false as the anti Tierney ads’ inferences that Tierney is guilty of criminal wrongdoing are.

The voters of the Sixth District deserve better from both men and their respective campaigns. There are plenty of truly important issues these two intelligent and honorable public servants could and should be debating.

Their political operatives may be telling them the low road is the way to go, but I suspect more voters than those operatives realize are as sick of such tactics as I am.

I used to think being involved in politics and working in some kind of public service endeavor were things in which a person could and should take pride. But over the last 20 years, I’ve come to think I might have been mistaken — and I am sure I’m not alone.

MICHAEL COOK

Gloucester

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