Diehl Pledges to Put People First
Geoff Diehl was in Springfield for his kick-off tour. He is promising to put the Massachusetts people first.
SPRINGFIELD — Taking issue with Massachusetts’ current representation on Capitol Hill, state Rep. Geoff Diehl, R-Whitman, told Springfield residents Thursday he will be proactive and focus on issues important to constituents if elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018.
Diehl, who officially entered the Senate race earlier this week, touted his campaign’s vision and experience on Beacon Hill during a morning news conference at the Welker Gulf gas station on Allen Street.
The stop came as part of as part of his campaign’s “Kick-off Tour” across the state.
Contending that “putting the agenda of the people of Massachusetts first (is) the most important work” that can be done as a U.S. senator, Diehl said he will prioritize job creation, efforts to combat opioid addiction and other issues important to state residents if sent to Washington.
“We need someone who is first going to be a jobs senator. We certainly know that, in Springfield, we need the work. We need American companies to get an advantage … I’m looking forward to making sure that we can grow jobs, help small businesses do better, help with the health care costs, because that’s obviously hurting them in trying to hire people,” he told reporters.
Diehl pointed to his work on the 2014 ballot effort to repeal the automatic indexing of the gas tax and against bringing the Olympics to Boston as examples of how he has already fought for the best interests of Massachusetts residents on Beacon Hill.
The Whitman Republican said he would like to further demonstrate that commitment on Capitol Hill.
“I want to take that work ethic down to Washington D.C., make sure that I put the agenda of the people of Massachusetts first — that’s what this should be about,” he said.
Diehl, who has been a vocal critic of incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Warren, continued to take issue with the Democrat’s work on Capitol Hill, arguing that she has focused on growing her national profile and promoting division — not representing Massachusetts.
State residents, he argued, don’t need a U.S. senator who’s writing books in office, who’s rooting for the Trump Administration to fail and “who wants to be re-elected just to spend two more years running for president instead of serving the people of Massachusetts.”