The recent endorsement by Bay Windows of Richard Tisei is disappointing, but it actually highlights how the broader press coddles Tisei as a novelty because of his status as a gay Republican. Let’s challenge the press on this.
What is the press not doing?: balancing its coverage of Richard Tisei by pushing him to defend his positions on Republican 1% tax policy or destructive policies on health care, or labor issues, or the minimum wage, or oil company profiteering, or Citizens United, or dismantling social security, or any other bread and butter issues that affect the unconnected, the poor, and the vulnerable – not to mention undermining the last two years of Obama’s presidency with his inevitable vote for Speaker Boehner.
It’s well past the time when any one potentially vulnerable community can afford to endorse a candidate based upon a narrow community interest, without thinking about how that candidate’s policies will affect our fellow human beings and the greater nation.
The House’s prime function is taxing and spending policy. I respect Bay Windows’ right to make the endorsement, but it is disappointing in its narrowness and should serve as a call to us to challenge the press to challenge Tisei and stop the free ride.
Fred Rich LaRiccia