Sixth Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Tisei on Friday described his opponent, incumbent John Tierney, as Congressman Barney Frank’s junior partner in fighting for the fishing industry, and promised, if elected, to make the cause his top priority.
Addressing the fishing industry in Gloucester for the first time, Tisei described Tierney as “tagging along” with Frank, who is retiring this year from Congress. Frank has represented the Fourth District, including the fishing port New Bedford, since 1981.
“He (Tierney) has not done a lot of outreach. Looking at the history, Tierney is always reacting,” Tisei said the campaign stop on the HarborWalk near St. Peter’s Park.
Tisei and Tierney, an eight-term incumbent Democrat, are locked in a tight race.
In the four years of the Democratic Obama administration, which brought to office NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco and a spate of policies that sparked a spontaneous resistance along the entire set of coasts, emanating from Massachusetts, Tierney and Frank have formed a strategic team to combat its national policies.
Frank took fisheries management as his area of leadership while Tierney focused on fighting against law enforcement excesses and violations against members of the industry.
Both congressmen voted against the 2007 re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries and Conservation Act, which required hard catch limits with penalties for overfished stocks. Superimposed on the requirement of an earlier re-authorization for 10-year rebuilding programs, the re-authorization meant minuscule catch limits, which helped propel the industry into economic failure.
Frank and Tierney also teamed up to file a legal brief in support of a lawsuit by the cities of Gloucester and New Bedford and many fishing interest that was argued last month before the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The suit challenged the legality of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration regulatory move to convert the groundfishery into a commodity market trading in catch shares.