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October 29, 2010

Tierney, Hudak tangle in last debate

LYNN — The antagonism that has fueled the race for Congress in the 6th District made it all the way through the final debate last night between Republican Bill Hudak and Democrat John Tierney.

Hudak delivered his closing remarks first, using his allotted two minutes to decry the lies he alleges Tierney has spread about him.

"What has happened in the last two weeks has been the most anti-American, unreasonable slam campaign I have ever seen," said Hudak, a lawyer from Boxford making his first run for public office.

This week, he filed a libel lawsuit against Tierney, the incumbent from Salem, asking a judge to order the congressman to stop using a television spot that suggests Hudak wants to "shift the tax burden from the wealthiest to the middle class" and "eliminate the home mortgage deduction."

"(Tierney) is not fit to continue to be our representative," Hudak said.

When it was his turn to speak, Tierney held up a folder full of documentation he said proved his claims about Hudak were true.

"When this (folder) was filed, (Hudak) decided to turn tail and run," Tierney said, referring to the Republican's decision Wednesday to drop the lawsuit. "The only issue outstanding now is how much he will pay in attorney's fees and costs for putting us and the taxpayer through the effort of tying up the court."

With days to go before the Nov. 2 election, the candidates met last night for the third and last time. The Lynn Business Partnership and North Shore Labor Council hosted the debate, which was held in a lecture hall at St. Mary's High School in Lynn.

Richard Holbrook, chairman and chief executive officer of Eastern Bank, served as moderator. Representatives from the partnership, the council and Daily Item of Lynn questioned the candidates.

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