NORTH ANDOVER — The rematch between Democratic Congressman John F. Tierney and Republican Richard Tisei has already attracted national attention and some national money. Last week, national faces showed up to support each of the candidates and highlighting the importance of the only competitive Congressional race in Massachusetts.
On Tuesday, Tisei, a former state Senate leader and 2010 candidate for lieutenant governor, toured the district with leadership from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in tow. They started at a medical device manufacturer in Billerica, had lunch at Harrison’s Roast Beef here and announced the Chamber’s endorsement of him in Lynn.
“I am who I am because I own a small business, and owning a small business is not easy to do, especially in today’s climate,” Tisei said in Lynn. “I have spent countless hours awake at night wondering how I was going to pay my bills, how I was going to pay my mortgage.”
At Harrison’s, Tisei said he thought government is creating all the uncertainty in the economy with a raft of new taxes and regulations, including unfinished regulations from the sweeping health care and financial reform laws passed in 2010. He would give Congress a vote on future regulations that would have substantial economic impact and would reduce existing regulations on a case by case basis.
“You can’t do anything sweeping,” he said. “You have to look at it piece by piece.”
With his tour of Belmont Instrument Corp. in Billerica, Tisei wanted to underscore his support for repealing a tax on medical devices included in the Affordable Care Act.
Meanwhile, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, stopped in Boston earlier this week to talk about gender pay inequality, paid family leave, affordable child care and electing women to Congress while giving a booster for Tierney, who held onto his job in 2012 by about 3,000 votes, and other Massachusetts Democrats.