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October 29, 2013

Tisei takes first step toward congressional run

Republican Richard Tisei has taken the first step toward launching a campaign for Congress, filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and forming an “exploratory committee” for a possible rematch with Democratic Congressman John Tierney.

After a brutal campaign last year, Tierney beat Tisei by less than 1 percent of the vote last November. It was one of the most closely watched races in the nation.

Tierney, now serving his ninth term in Congress, also plans to run for re-election, and he has two challengers in the primary election: Seth Moulton, a Marblehead native, businessman and former Marine; and Marisa DeFranco, an immigration attorney from Middleton.

Tisei said “hyper-partisanship, exhibited by both parties on a daily basis, has created a stranglehold on our government and is preventing us from moving forward.” Most people in the district want members of Congress working together, he said.

“I’ve been watching what has been happening in Washington the past few months and it is very concerning,” Tisei said. “I am disheartened by the fact the country has such huge problems and no one seems to be working together to solve them.”

In a statement released yesterday, he said, “We need more responsible Republicans and fewer divisive Democrats in Washington who are willing to stop the name-calling, put party aside, and begin to seriously work together to do what is right for America.”

Tierney said yesterday he welcomes any Democrat or Republican to the campaign.

“While I look forward to debating the issues that matter in the coming year, I am confident that I continue to be the best person for this job,” Tierney said.

“Like those I represent, I am committed to improving our economy, making college more affordable, preventing gun violence, strengthening health care for seniors and service members, and ensuring that our country continues to be a leader around the world.”

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