In a recent visit with the Independent, the West Springfield Republican said party affiliation matters less to him than does the merit of ideas to improve the quality of life for citizens.
“I don’t care if it’s a Democratic idea or a Republican idea,” Bech says. “If it’s a good idea, let’s do it.”
Make no mistake – the third-generation Republican Bech’s stand on the issues generally lines up compatibly with his party’s platform on issues like gun ownership, gun control, abortion rights, gay marriage and strong military.
But Bech says he’d be willing to break ranks with party leadership on such issues as global warming and the environment, reflecting his love of the outdoors and recreations in western Massachusetts.
More specifically, Bech says a new political paradigm would mean “forward progress” to find where the common ground is.
“I’m not afraid of being Republican and reaching out to the other side,” Bech says. “Differences are differences, but we can emphasize how to get things done.”