“Judge Young said the congressman has nothing to do with this, meaning the sentencing hearing, he wasn’t looking at the whole thing,” Tisei said. He noted several news organizations who have called Tierney’s use of the judge’s quote “misleading.”
Tierney again went on the offensive.
“Misleading? Richard, you have lied and used insinuation and innuendo on this whole thing and spent $3 million doing it. My wife paid a terrible price on that; she took responsibility for not knowing on that,” he said. “Your naked ambition has let you take her and do this to her because you want a seat that you otherwise couldn’t get. You can’t run on the issues, Richard. You don’t have a clue about what it takes to be a member of Congress. ... Richard, you’re shameless.”
The Tierney campaign has made Tisei’s party affiliation its theme, saying that electing Tisei would empower right-wing Republicans in Congress.
When Tierney was asked to defend his labeling of Tisei as “an extremist,” the congressman said the first vote Tisei would take would be to put Republican leaders back in charge.
“He said he would put the same leadership in there that is in there now, the same people who have voted against women’s rights, against equal rights, against the middle class, for voucherizing Medicare ... and one thing after another,” Tierney said.
“What sense is it, Jim, to say you’re a moderate or to say that you wouldn’t do these things, but your first act would be to go down there and put these people in charge of the agenda?”
As he has throughout the campaign, Tisei insisted last night that he would vote in the best interest of constituents, not with Republican leadership.
Tisei reiterated that he would not have voted for Paul Ryan’s Republican budget, but reiterated that it “it’s a good start,” a quote the Tierney camp has used to criticize him in the past.