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June 9, 2014

Tierney and Tisei rematch garners national attention


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent $3.5 million this year, much of it in opposition to an ultimately successful Republican in a special U.S. House race in Florida.

Both candidates are retreading issues that dominated the end of the 2012 race. Tisei says his moderate views – a mix of social liberalism and fiscal conservatism – fits the district’s character, and his being in the room can influence the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Bay State’s favor. Tierney has highlighted women’s issues and tried to tie Tisei to a national Republican brand unpopular in Massachusetts.

Both also are slinging arrows at the support groups and each other. As Tisei announced the U.S. Chamber’s support in Lynn Tuesday, the Tierney campaign emailed a statement saying the endorsement means Tisei will be “a rubber stamp for extreme Republican policies that put Wall Street interests ahead of middle class workers and families.”

Tisei’s camp called hypocrite on Tierney, claiming the congressman paid women on his staff less than men while campaigning against pay disparities in the general workforce.

“We’re not sure if Pelosi is here to reprimand Tierney for his unequal compensation habits, but we hope John will take this scolding to heart and start paying women in his office an equal wage for equal work,” the campaign said in a statement.

The dynamics of the race are different this year. In 2012, the presidential election and the high profile race between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown brought out voters in droves. Midterm Congressional races typically bring far fewer voters to the polls.

And third-party candidate who ran last time as a libertarian, Daniel Fishman, decided against running again and has appeared with Tisei at campaign rallies.

Tisei’s vote tally in Billerica, Burlington, Tewksbury and Wilmington, where Tisei showed strength in 2012, and whether enough former Fishman voters come into the fold may determine the outcome. Beverly, Billerica, Lynn and Peabody are the richest communities of Fishman voters, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office.

Tierney’s strength lies in Gloucester, Lynn, Peabody and Salem.

The Sixth District covers much of the North Shore and stretches through here to Bedford and Burlington, newer additions after the 2010 redistricting process. North Andover, Boxford, Groveland and Georgetown are in the district.

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