To the editor:
Last week — on June 10, to be exact — I checked my email and was very surprised to see an email from Congressman John Tierney.
My surprise turned to anger when I read the opening lines:
“As you may recall, you have been in contact with my office at some point over my tenure in Congress to either express an opinion or seek help with a federal issue. I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you back in to a conversation with me on important information from Washington, D.C., and across our communities.”
I immediately wrote a reply to this email reminding the congressman that, while I had indeed been in contact with his office many times over the years by both traditionally mailed letters as well as email, my efforts at communication with him had only been one way — unless, of course, if one is willing to count the taped phone messages asking for his vote, which I am not.
I wrote what I thought to be a thoughtfully worded email explaining my disappointment at his lack of acknowledgement of any of my prior communication and why this email from him fell so flat.
I went on to explain that I felt that he had done nothing to earn my vote. In an attempt to make a personal connection I even mentioned a (late) mutual friend of ours who always had a good word about the Congressman and had persuaded me to “give John one more chance.”
I reread my email several times, checking for both grammar and spelling errors and eventually pushed “send” with the feeling that I had extended far more time and energy to him than he had ever done to me. I was doubtful I would hear anything in response because that had been his practice to date.
I was dumbstruck when, two seconds after I pressed send, I received a reply that this mailbox was full and could not accept any more mail.
Perfect; that is John Tierney to me. “What can I do for him?”
The people of the 6th District of Massachusetts do not have to accept him as the only Democratic choice.
Please take the time to look at Seth Moulton. He has proudly served our country in the Marine Corps and now wants to serve us in Congress. He is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Business School. He is not a part of the political establishment and he understands the need for change. He is bright, energetic and smart.
If you live in the 6th Congressional District, please do yourself a favor and check Seth Moulton out.
We definitely need a change and I believe he would bring the best of everything to the job.
MYRANDA O’BARA SOMERS