According to wickedlocal.com, Daniel Fishman, of Beverly, on February 5th announced his candidacy as a Libertarian in the Massachussetts special Senate election, being held on June 25th due to former Senator John Kerry’s appointment as Secretary of State on February 1st. Fishman made a name for himself running as a Libertarian in a tight race in Massachussett’s 6th congressional district in 2012. In that race, incumbent and embattled Democrat John Tierney won 48.3% of the vote, compared to openly gay Republican, former MA state senator Richard Tisei, who won 47.3%. Fishman won 16,000 votes, or 4.5%, and in doing so, earned the ire of many local Republicans. One local talk radio show host accused him of essentially stealing the election from Tisei and questioned why he would run, knowing his chances of winning were nil, and that Tisei had a farely libertarian record compared to the ultra-liberal Tierney. Fishman defended himself by saying that he provided the true alternative to the establishment and that essentially there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two major parties and the two major party candidates.
Fishman, in a discussion with supporters, said this about his Senate run:
“I am the most fiscally conservative and the most socially tolerant candidate in the race. There is an understanding in Massachusetts that Government has become a tool of corporations to protect them. So called “regulations” on corporations often serve to protect corporate interests from the power of the people. The Federal government bailed out the banks, limited BP’s liability and wasted half a billion dollars trying to force the people to accept the government’s choice for a Solar implementation. The government is not protecting the people from corporations — usually the opposite is true.
“We can do better. Abraham Lincoln exhorted us in the Gettysburg Address, ‘…we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’ That sacred charge is in our hands now. We currently do not have a government of the people, nor sadly is it a government for the people. But it certainly is funded by the people. It is time for us to take up our civic duties. And part of those duties entails being willing to stand up when called upon. I do not want to be Senator, but I am willing to serve should the people deem me worthy. And perhaps that’s the best that we can hope for in a politician.”
To read the article about Fishman’s campaign, go to the following link:
Daniel Fishman’s campaign website is below: