A lot of people have told me that out of all the Congresspeople in Massachusetts, Congressman Tierney’s most at risk. He won by a large margin last election, but had a Tea Party “birther” candidate running against him, Bill Hudak, who thought President Obama was a Kenyan Muslim terrorist, or something…
That’s why a lot of people have taken former State Senator and Lt. Governor nominee Richard Tisei, who’s challenging Congressman Tierney in the upcoming election, seriously. Because he’s a “moderate” and “reasonable” Republican.
Well, Richard Tisei wanted to take a break from the rest of his busy day to inform everyone he’s officially joined the lunatic fringe:
“Requiring employees who work for the church to carry insurance that reimburses for things that are against the teachings of the church just shows how big and intrusive government has become,” Tisei said, adding, “With all the problems facing the country, I don’t understand why the Obama administration has made this a priority.”
I’ll be waiting for him to speak out about how he thinks nonprofits affiliated with Jehovah Witnesses should be able to ban blood transfusions, Scientologists should be able to ban depression meds and Christian Scientists should be able to ban… the practice of medicine.
The good news is Congressman Tierney’s staff had a far more rational position:
“As our middle class families continue to struggle to make ends meet, it is critical that they are able to afford basic health care, such as contraception, regardless of which hospital or university employs them.”
I’m glad to see Richard Tisei wants to take the Tea Party approach toward victory as Bill Hudak did before him, instead of the much more rational path of fellow New England Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. It’s good to know Tisei hasn’t learned anything from his epic defeat in the 2010 Governor’s race.
Most of all, I’m glad Tisei’s outing himself as a Tea Party conservative now, so he won’t be able to fool the public later — and that he’s giving some great reasons for people to get behind Congressman Tierney.