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October 3, 2012

Tierney Dem support draws fire from Tisei

By Matt MurphyState House News Service

U.S. Rep. John Tierney may be asking voters to send him back to Congress for a ninth term.

But his recent pitch has been as much about supporting the Democratic agenda as it has about giving him another two years to represent Lynn, Peabody, Gloucester and other communities in the 6th Congressional district.

“John Tierney’s race is an essential part of the Democrats taking a majority in the House,” Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen said during a conference call with Tierney set up by the Salem Democrat’s campaign.

Trailing in at least one new poll to Republican Richard Tisei, Tierney challenged his opponent’s claims at bipartisanship on Monday and said voting for Tisei would be an endorsement of the Republican “right-wing” agenda that will hurt seniors and the middle class.

“He has not had that much of a non-partisan record in the state Senate,” Tierney told reporters on the call.

Tisei, who served in the Legislature for 26 years, rebutted that charge and called Tierney a “rubber stamp” for Democratic leadership in Washington with little to show for his time in office.

“It’s all scare tactics. The congressman is desperate and his campaign is pretty much imploding and he has nothing left except to try to scare people,” Tisei told the News Service.

Next to the U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, the contest between Tierney is Tisei is one of the most closely watched races locally and nationally.

Van Hollen, the ranking minority member of the House budget committee, joined Tierney to criticize Tisei, the former state Senate minority leader, for what they described as his support of a Republican budget plan that both men said would increase premiums and co-pays for seniors living on Medicare and hurt the middle class.

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