Richard Tisei’s effort to wrest the 6th District seat in Congress from incumbent John Tierney has entered the final weekend of campaigning.
And both candidates are rolling out big-name allies — former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for Tisei, Rep. Barney Frank for Tierney — in their bids to nail down a race the national publication RollCall Friday assessed as a tossup.
Guiliani campaigned with Tisei in Saugus at midday Friday before peeling off to help Republican Sen. Scott Brown in his own tossup with Democrat Elizabeth Warren, with whom Frank campaigned Friday.
Frank, meanwhile, is joining Tierney on the campaign tail in Gloucester today, beginning at 9:30 at Democratic campaign headquarters in the Walgreen’s plaza off Rogers Street, and meeting with local fishermen at 10 on Harbor Loop.
Guiliani described Tisei Friday as an independent-minded politician at a rally before about 100 supporters at the Prince Restaurant on Route 1.
“I am honored to have a personal hero of mine, Mayor Giuliani, stand beside me and endorse my candidacy,” said Tisei.
After 32 years in Congress, Frank, who is retiring at the end of the 112th Congress, is scheduled to campaign alongside a familiar ally when he adds his voice and support to Tierney today.
Since the start of the Obama administration, which brought Jane Lubchenco to head NOAA with a commitment and policies to reduce the size of the independent fishing fleet, Frank and Tierney formed a partnership in the fight on fishing industry issues, with Frank leading on policy questions and Tierney taking a lead role in the fight for law enforcement accountability.
“He’s a better lawyer than I am,” Frank said of Tierney in a telephone interview Friday, quickly adding, “But then he practiced, and I didn’t.”
Frank went directly from Harvard Law School to the administration of the late Mayor of Boston, Kevin White, and then moved into the state Legislature before winning a seat in Congress in 1980.