It's Hard out Here for a (new) Dem in a Social Media World
Congressional Candidate Jamie Belsito enrolled as a Democrat in 2016.
Then came the social-media slams around her support for former Republican State Senator Richard Tisei in the 2014 Congressional cycle.
"From 1992 through 2016, my voter affiliation was "Unenrolled."
In 2014, Belsito supported Richard Tisei for Congress, an openly gay, married candidate from the same part of the district she was raised in. Tisei had a 100% Planned Parenthood rating and received an endorsement by NARAL. His congressional platform included mental health and women's health. He was endorsed by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG). In 2014, ACOG's #1 federal legislative issue was postpartum depression. "Tisei gave me a platform to talk openly about mental health and maternal health in our district, issues I have been publicly transparent about that have directly affected me and my immediate family."
Belsito has a proven, 20-year track record of work at the state and federal level that includes advocacy and policy on education, immigration, mental health, maternal health, and substance use. The outcomes of her work have benefited communities across the district, state, and country: she has made a direct difference for both the community and the country from her kitchen table.
"I believe I am the best candidate to represent Massachusetts' 6th Congressional district. If members of the Democratic party find fault with me having supported Richard Tisei in 2014, that will be their decision. I am a hard-working and passionate fighter for truth and justice who is committed to Democratic values, and I will continue fighting for those values on behalf of everyone in the 6th Congressional district. In Washington, I will represent our district with humility and pride. I ask for your support. Let's do this!"
Jamie Zahlaway Belsito