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July 13, 2013

Moulton introducing himself to voters in Merrimack Valley

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Moulton said he’s not going to run a negative campaign focusing on Tierney’s wife, Patrice, who was charged with helping her brothers, who were running an illegal online gambling enterprise.

During the election last year, Republican Richard Tisei focused much of his advertising budget on attacking Tierney and his wife for their alleged involvement in the enterprise.

“I’m not focusing on that,” Moulton said. “The voters have to make their decision based on who they think is better for the job. There are too many other important issues Congress should be focused on. We shouldn’t be distracted by that other business.”

A political novice, Moulton realizes he’s got a long way to go and isn’t prepared yet to lay out the issues he feels are important in the district.

“This is a long campaign,” he said. “Over the course of the next year, I will roll out the issues I’m running on.”

Now, he said, he’s introducing himself to voters while also listening to their concerns.

“The vast majority of people are enthusiastic” about him running, he said.

Yesterday, he started the day at Shawsheen Luncheonette for breakfast, then went to Perfecto’s in North Andover, to Boxford and ended up in Groveland.

He also recognizes that it’s going to cost money.

“There’s too much money in politics, but it’s the price of entry,” he said, noting that he’s been flattered by the support he’s received since announcing his run earlier this month, including picking up $12,000 in just the first 12 hours of his announcement.

Those were unsolicited donations, he said, based upon an email he sent out to people making his announcement.

Already, he’s put together a political team, including campaign manager Max Glass, who ran the successful campaign of Tusli Gabbard, also a veteran, in Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional district. Gabbard faced well-known Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannerman in the Democratic primary and won in an upset with 55 percent of the vote.

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