Tea Party Favorite Gears Up For 10th District Fight

 

by Sarah Birnbaum for WGBH
Thursday, Sept. 16 2010
BOSTON — After a hard-fought battle for the 10th Congressional District, GOP nominee Jeffrey Perry is tapping his conservative roots as he gears up to fight for a seat that some observers say could well fall into Republican hands this November.

In many ways, Perry's victory was a stunning one.  The self-described "hard-liner on immigration" began his campaign as a virtual unknown outside of Wareham, where he serves as a state representative. But Perry crushed the more established candidate, former treasurer Joe Malone.
"I will be part of the wave sweeping across this country that will result in 39 or more Republicans elected who will remove Nancy Pelosi from the speaker's chair."
-- State Rep. Jeff Perry
 


Perry’s victory reflected the national anti-establishment mood, which has contributed all summer to Tea Party insurgents scoring major upsets against conventional Republicans.

Perry is a favorite with local members of the Tea Party. Back in May, the Greater Boston Tea Party organized a rally to support the so-called Perry amendment to restrict state benefits for illegal aliens.

He's participated in a number of Tea Party events and told the Boston Herald that he's "right there alongside them on the issues."

If his victory speech was any indication, Perry isn't shifting to the political center. Perry made it clear that he sees himself in broad terms.

"If you send Jeff Perry to Washington, I will be part of the wave sweeping across this country that will result in 39 or more Republicans elected who will remove Nancy Pelosi from the speaker's chair," Perry said.
An ecstatic crowd cheered Perry on as he promised to "repeal Obamacare."

Democrats hope that Perry's Tea Party message won't appeal to the majority of voters in the 10th District who went for Barack Obama in 2008 and put liberal Massachusetts Democrat William Delahunt in office seven times in a row.

 

  More:

>> WGBH Election Coverage: Mass Decision 2010
>> Amid Controversy, Perry Gets GOP Nod In 10th

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