On the fence. In the air somewhere. In an unknowable gaseous nebula. At a North Andover Patch online Q&A, here’s his answer to whether he supports the misanthropic, rich-shall-inherit-the-Earth, devil-take-the-hindmost Ryan Budget:
Comment From John How would you have voted on the Ryan Budget?Richard Tisei:
Thanks, John. As I’ve said, both the Ryan Budget and Simpson-Bowles were good starting points for conversation. If John Tierney proposed a sensible budget tomorrow, I’d be happy to look at it. Too many people condemn budgets merely because the sponsors have an “R” or a “D” next to their names. That’s the problem. With the Ryan Budget, btw, I have real concerns about the block-granting of Medicaid to the states because of cost-shifting to the states (I know that issue well from my experience as a state senator!). The point is…we hire a Congressman to find solutions. John Tierney isn’t doing that. I will.
Uh, yeah. Hope that’s clear as day to everyone.
I think Tisei’s got an impossible task: To rally what right-wingers we have to his cause by not distancing himself too far from the national GOP leadership; and still seem like a get-along-with-everyone kind of guy. Go read the chat, and you’ll see him punting farther than Rich Camarillo. That ain’t gonna cut it.