, Gloucester, MA

November 6, 2012

City voters play Dems' party line

By Richard Gaines Staff Writer
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Gloucester hewed a hard Democratic line in Monday’s election.

Voters lifted President Obama to a near 2-to-1 margin over former Gov. Mitt Romney.

They gave Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren a comfortable margin of more than 600 voters out of more than 15,000 cast locally in her successful race to end Republican Sen. Scott Brown’s partial term in the seat left by the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

And they gave Congressman John Tierney a 23-percent margin over former Republican state Sen. Richard Tisei of Wakefield.

Tierney’s margin in Gloucester — 3,057 votes of 15,157 cast — was attributed to his defense of the veterans and the fishing industry, two special groups with extraordinary representation in Gloucester.

”Congressmen are judged by their delivery to the community,” said Mark Nestor, a Vietnam War helicopter pilot and organizer of Monday’s Veteran’s Day memorial event. “He delivered for the veterans and the fishermen, and people remembered that and appreciated it,” Nestor added.

Tierney resides in Salem, but has adopted the fishing industry as a congressional project he shared with outgoing Rep. Barney Frank, whose district includes New Bedford.

Tisei was considered a favorite to end Tierney’s congressional career at eight terms, 16 years, after he and his financial investors from the National Republican Campaign Committee and its Young Guns subsidiary of ideological conservatives hammered Tierney with millions of dollars in advertising that attempted to sully his reputation with allusions that he had known about or somehow been involved in the illicit offshore gambling business operated by his brother in law.

Tierney’s wife Patrice pleaded guilty to willful ignorance in aiding and abetting the filing of false income taxes for her brother Robert Eremian, who is still a fugitive.

The third candidate in the race, Daniel Fisheman, a Beverly Libertarian took 5.1 percent of the vote.

Obama crushed Romney in Gloucester, 9,700-5,305, winning all 19 precincts.

Warren eked out a 658 vote margin over Brown in Gloucester, 8,037-7,379, giving her a 52.1-47.9 percent win over the senator who took office in January 2010 and redeemer himself in the problems facing the fishing industry, working easily with Democrats, including Sen. John Kerry and Reps. Barney Frank and Tierney.

The Wrentham attorney was tutored by Sen. Bruce Tarr and became a leader of the delegation demonstrating what a bi-partisan Republican could do.

His conqueror, Elizabeth Warren, was tutored on fisheries by state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, who came from a fishing family but got her education in state politics from her friend and protege, Sen. Tarr. Not surprisingly, Warren and Brown agreed on the basics in fisheries policy.

Warren warmed to the plight of the fishermen in much the same way Brown did, stopping short of joining him in calling for the dismissal of NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, who was appointed by President Obama. The President made a campaign ad for Warren, but she warned that the catch share policy that converted the groundfishery into a free trade commodity market, which was the signature action of economic re-engineering in Lubchenco’s administration, left the locally owned and operated fishing industry susceptible to foreign investor domination.

She often said her commitment was to the working people who had been abused by concentrations of power and wealth.

Warren won seven of the 10 Gloucester precincts in her contest with Brown, who made one 60-second ad entirely in Gloucester, as he featured his hard work for the working waterfront. Mayor Carolyn Kirk who initially said she would remain neutral in the congressional and senate contests two weeks before the election, posted on Facebook last Saturday that she had reconsidered and was endorsing both Warren and Tierney.

The mayor attended the 2009 inauguration of President Obama, but was elected thrice in non-partisan elections for two-year terms.

An attorney by training, Tierney adopted the law enforcement abuses of fishermen at the hands of the NOAA law enforcement cadre in Gloucester, and together with Brown and Frank (but not Kerry) called for President Obama to sack Lubchenco after she refused to punish or fire any of the officers or litigators who had put the fishing industry through injustice.

Frank came to Gloucester on Saturday in a final push for Tierney’s re-election.

Richard Gaines can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3464, or at