EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 7, 2012

Ryan, Toohey endorse Ciardiello for Governor's Council

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Maura Ciardiello, Republican candidate for Governor’s Council, announced endorsements from her father, Haverhill City Councilor William Ryan, and Haverhill School Committee member and state Senate Candidate Shaun Toohey.

She plans to meet voters for “Coffee with Maura” events throughout the 5th District. Contact the Ciardiello Committee for dates and times at vote@mauraciardiello.com or visit her web site at www.mauraciardiello.com. Ciardiello is up against Democrat Eileen Duff of Gloucester for the seat.

Tierney and fellow Democrat decry Ryan budget

Congressman John Tierney joined Congressman Chris Van Hollen, D- Maryland, the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, to discuss what they call the devastating impact of the Ryan Budget, which Tierney’s opponent Richard Tisei has said is “a good start,” compared to the proposed Democratic budget.

In a conference call with reporters on Monday, Tierney and Van Hollen criticized the Ryan Budget for ending Medicare, protecting tax breaks for the wealthy while raising taxes on the middle class and rewarding companies that ship jobs overseas.

Van Hollen emphasized his support for Tierney and the need to reclaim a Democratic majority in Congress to stop the Tea Party Republican Plan. He highlighted Tierney’s record of fighting for middle class families and said Tierney is an important ally in passing a pro-jobs budget that will help grow our economy from the middle class out. Van Hollen warned that sending more Republicans like Tisei to Congress will enable them to pass what the Democrats called a radical agenda.

Tierney criticized Tisei for supporting the Ryan Budget and marching in lock-step with the Tea Party agenda.

“Seniors deserve a secure retirement and that’s why I will continue to fight against Republican efforts to privatize Medicare and Social Security,” Tierney said. “We need a federal budget that puts the middle class first and protects our seniors.’’

O’Connor Ives plans Methuen fundraiser

Kathleen O’Connor Ives, the Newburyport city councilor running for state Senate, will hold a fundraiser Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sweetheart Inn, 80 Myrtle St., Methuen.

The event will feature food and an opportunity to meet the candidate. Suggested donations are $30, $50 and $100.

O’Connor Ives is fresh off a debate with the other three Senate candidates in Newburyport, where she said she wanted to present herself as a successor to the critical work done by the 1st Essex District’s previous Democratic state senators.

“We have had a strong leader in the Senate for 10 years with Steve Baddour, as well as the strength of those senators before him,” she said. “I’m the only person on this stage in a position to continue that position of effective leadership.”

O’Connor Ives pointed out that as a Democrat in a legislative body with a Democratic majority, she would be the only candidate in a position to chair a committee.

“State resources are scarce and we need someone who can effectively advocate for our needs,” she said.

She also emphasized her track record of working together with colleagues of all backgrounds to get things done.

“I’m proud to say that all 10 of my colleagues on the City Council have endorsed me in this race,” she said. “I’m honored because it means a lot to earn the confidence of people who get to know you over years of working together.”

O’Connor Ives, 35, is serving her third term as councilor at-large in Newburyport. She is the Democratic candidate for the 1st Essex District state Senate Seat, which was vacated by Baddour in March. Republican Shaun Toohey, a Haverhill School Committee member, and Independents Paul Magliocchetti, also a Haverhill School Committee member, and James Kelcourse, an Amesbury city councilor, also are vying for the seat.

The election is Nov. 6.

Coffee with Magliocchetti planned

Paul Magliocchetti, Independent candidate for state Senate in the 1st Essex District, is hosting “Coffee with the Candidate” from 8 to 9 a.m. at various spots around the district this week.

On Tuesday, he will be at Marie’s Restaurant, 85 Beach Road, Salisbury. On Thursday, he will be at the Wicked Big Café, 19 Essex St., Haverhill.

Teachers union endorses Tierney

The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts endorsed Congressman John Tierney during a rally in Lynn last week.

The AFT MA leaders praised Tierney’s work in Congress on behalf of teachers and public schools.

“I’m grateful and honored to receive support from Massachusetts teachers,” Tierney said. “The key to closing the achievement gap, strengthening our economy, and expanding the middle class is ensuring our children are provided a quality education. I proudly support our teachers and will continue my efforts to advance our shared priorities in Congress.”

As the sole New England member of Congress who serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee, Tierney said he has a clear and consistent record of supporting education at all levels.

He accused opponent Richard Tisei, the Wakefield Republican, of voting against educational priorities when he served in the Massachusetts state Senate and linked Tisei to a national “Tea-Party-led Republican agenda.”