One day after claiming the entire field to himself, GOP congressional candidate Richard Tisei today blasted incumbent Democrat John Tierney’s failure to curb the nation’s unsustainable public debt. Tisei, a former State Senator, also scored Tierney for rejecting the proposals made by the Super Committee last year. He said that Tierney was well to the left of President Barack Obama.
Here is the text of the press release:
(Lynnfield, MA, Jan 24, 2012)-Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Tisei issued a statement today in anticipation of the President’s State of the Union message to the nation this evening and the failed leadership of Congressman John Tierney on the country’s massive public debt.
“Washington has a massive spending addiction. Over the past decade, both parties have spent taxpayer dollars like there is no tomorrow,” said Tisei. “I hope that President Obama will offer new proposals to deal with the debt during his speech tonight. Government debt is a ticking time bomb and is growing at levels which are clearly unsustainable. Unfortunately, Congressman Tierney has been an obstructionist on the matter of our astronomical debt.”
“It is an embarrassment that today marks the 1,000th day since the U.S. Senate passed a budget (April 29, 2009) . President Obama’s own party soundly rejected his FY-2012 budget last year (97-0). As of January 20, 2012, the debt stands at more than $15.2 trillion dollars – and President Obama just last week asked for an additional debt limit increase,” noted Tisei. “Annual interest payments on the debt have reached more than $200 billion a year.”
“This state of affairs is completely unacceptable. A Congressman should be a trustee and steward of taxpayer dollars. Instead, John Tierney actually stood to the left of President Obama when the President and Congress came to a bipartisan agreement last year that would shave spending and extend the debt limit,” said Tisei. “Could there be a better example of how out of touch John Tierney has become on our massive debt?”
“President Obama described that bipartisan compromise as ‘an important first step to ensuring that as a nation we live within our means’ and then John Tierney arrogantly rejected the bipartisan deficit deal that both Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Scott Brown supported,” said Tisei. “On the critical issue of spending, John Tierney is to the left of President Obama as well as Sen. Kerry and is clearly part of the unacceptable gridlock in Washington.”
“I share the anxiety of the taxpayers that spending is out of control and that Washington is not solving the problems that must be addressed,” said Tisei. “When I go to Washington, I will fight for bi-partisan solutions to these monumental problems which threaten America’s future. I will work with anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves with me as we go forward and begin tackling our massive and unsustainable spending addictions. Having a Congressman who will energetically speak out on these issues is an important first step. With the help of the voters in November, I pledge to be that Congressman.”