GROTON -- State Rep. Geoff Diehl has made it clear he's not afraid to take on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who he said is too busy with "grandstanding" in Washington to help people of the commonwealth.
Diehl, a Republican from Whitman, tore into his Democratic opponent to the roughly 15 attendees of the Groton Republican Town Committee meeting last Wednesday night at the Groton Senior Center.
"Can anybody tell me anything Elizabeth Warren has done in the last four and a half, five years she's been in office right now?" Diehl asked to a silent response. "No? Well that's the point, right?"
"My thinking about the U.S. senator is that they should be concerned about you -- your finances, your kids, your future," Diehl added. "And Elizabeth Warren seems to be thinking it's more about her. She's written two books in office. She's made $1.6 million. ... She seems to be giving it a run for president (in 2020). That seems to be the focus for Elizabeth Warren."
Diehl successfully ran for state representative in 2010, serving the people of the 7th Plymouth District.
He fielded questions for about 50 minutes from members of the Groton Republican Town Committee, including topics involving Second Amendment Rights.
"I think just like your driver's license allows you to go around the country, you should have a license that allows you to carry around the country as well," Diehl said.
"It's pretty crazy what goes on with our current Massachusetts gun laws," he continued.
Topics that came up also included the opioid crisis, replacement of Obamacare and the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
"There are 248 community health centers in Massachusetts that serve the same function as the (Planned Parenthoods) here in the state," Diehl said.
"I would not have any federal dollars or state dollars go to an organization that has been proven to have harvested and sold body parts," he continued. "They should no longer be eligible for any federal or state funding."
Diehl also addressed a question about one of his Republican opponents for the Senate seat: Beth Lindstrom of Groton.
"Why should I vote for you instead of (Lindstrom)?" the woman asked.
Diehl stressed he would be supporting whichever Republican candidate earned the ticket.
"Whoever the nominee is going to be a much better candidate than Elizabeth Warren," Diehl said.
Also speaking Wednesday night was Rick Green, the Pepperell businessman who declared himself the candidate for the Republican nomination for the 3rd District Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.
Green, the co-founder and CEO of 1A Auto, has for years been an aggressive antagonist of Beacon Hill Democrats as the head of the non-profit Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
"I am the only Republican running," Green said, pointing out that 13 Democrats have entered the race for the seat left behind by Tsongas.
Green claimed that the main goals of those 13 candidates include proving which of them can be counted on to impeach President Donald Trump and how soon they could make the commonwealth a Sanctuary State.
"That's what the other side is and that's what they'll be talking about for the next nine months," Green said. "They won't be talking about me until sometime in the middle of September next year."
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