Asserting that he has been a dutiful steward of and productive congressional partner for Cape Ann’s interests, Congressman John Tierney said Monday he intends -- if re-elected -- to organize a more aggressive advocacy for the fishing industry.
Seeking a ninth term, the Salem Democrat is in the midst of a bitter campaign against Republican Richard Tisei, who has gained the financial support -- worth millions in advertising -- of conservative Republican organizations including “the Young Guns,” a division of the National Republican Campaign Committee.
Founded by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Young Guns has chosen Tisei, a real estate brokerage co-owner, former state senator and the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2010, as one of the 42 investment worthy challengers in congressional races.
Ryan was chosen by Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney to be his running mate.
In an hour-long interview with the Times, Tierney also noted his work with state legislative, MBTA and municipal leaders to bring about the revitalization of the downtown commuter rail area eight years ago, which helped jump start improvements in the center city and along the waterfront.
“Federal money has a ripple effect,” he said.
He also reiterated a core distinction with Tisei and himself, insisting that the election of Tisei would give the Young Guns one more certain vote for the next House budget which he said would effectively be the Ryan budget. As written, Tierney said, the Ryan budget whacks higher education, cutting $166 billion, and elementary and secondary education, with spending reduced by $115 billion.
Tisei has disputed Tierney’s claim that he supports the Ryan budget; instead, Tisei has said he believes the Ryan budget is a “starting point” for discussions. But Tierney Monday scoffed at Tisei’s distinction, saying his election will give the Tea Party one more vote, for House leaders.