Tsongas countered by promising continued support for the region’s many green energy businesses, which she said have succeeded in recent years thanks in part to successful federal and state partnerships.
Women’s issues quickly emerged as a major theme of the 2012 election and this race was no different.
In September, shortly before the state primary election, Tsongas sent a campaign email claiming “any one of my Republican opponents will be just another vote for the Ryan ideological agenda. Another rubber-stamp for an agenda that discriminates against women.”
When Golnik declared victory in the primary, he stood with his mother, wife and daughter by his side. His wife Phyllis Golnik also dismissed the so-called “war on women” as “absurd.” Golnik later responded to Tsongas in an email of his own.
“She continues to send out deceptive attack messages,” wrote Golnik. “She knows I’m not against women — but she also knows what sells.”
As in 2010, Golnik has called out Tsongas for voting over 90 percent of the time with the Democratic party.
“The rhetoric doesn’t match the record,” said Golnik. “We have a representative who simply isn’t bipartisan.”
Tsongas said challengers across the country are using that same line against incumbents from both parties.
As for reaching across the aisle, she cited her support of the Budget Control Act in 2011 — which ended the debt-ceiling crisis and outlined billions in cuts over the next decade — and her efforts to provide safer and lighter body armor for U.S. troops and greater protections for military sexual assault victims.
“I think I’ve demonstrated my willingness to think through every bill,” said Tsongas. “I do my homework. I make a decision based on what I think is in the best interest of my district and have proven to be an independent voice.”