, Salem, MA


November 3, 2010

Hudak: 'The voters made a choice'

PEABODY — Bill Hudak's 17-month odyssey to unseat seven-term Congressman John Tierney ended last night in defeat and disappointment.

The Boxford Republican, surrounded by his family, thanked his supporters, who he said had become his family during his time in the race for Massachusetts' 6th District. His wife, Angela, stood with him and fought back tears as her husband addressed the crowd.

"I'm feeling disappointed, obviously," he said after leaving the stage. "I don't mind losing. You learn more through adversity and defeat. I don't like to let everybody down."

It was not just his own race, but the lackluster showing of the GOP in Massachusetts that left him downhearted.

"I am disappointed not so much for myself but for this state, which rejected any change from the path we are on," he told his supporters in his speech.

He entered the race, he said, because he felt the country was on the wrong track and the state was imperiled. He never sought the office for a "grander scheme," but to do the right thing, he said.

"The voters spoke and made a choice," Hudak said. "We live with that choice and hold our heads high."

He told the crowd in the Peabody Marriott's grand ballroom that they had put their faith in him and he wished he could give them a different result.

He also had few kind words to offer his opponent, after a race that had grown increasingly acrimonious in recent months.

Hudak said if the campaign revealed one thing it was the true nature of Tierney, who he said spent $1 million smearing the Republican.

"Honesty is honesty and dishonesty is dishonesty," Hudak said.

Hudak's campaign had energized many locals who had grown disenchanted with Democrats and Tierney.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Local News
  • Possible sites for garage revealed SALEM -- Salem State officials have announced three possible locations for the school's proposed 800-space parking garage and say a final decision on the site could be made within weeks. Parking has long been an issue for the school, and the demand f

    April 16, 2014

  • Serial drunken driver found guilty PEABODY -- A serial drunken driver, who was charged with yet another OUI, was found guilty by a jury Monday afternoon in Lawrence Superior Court. Prosecutors now need to prove it was the man's fifth drunken-driving offense. Peter Hurley, 52, was arre

    April 16, 2014

  • casa de moda Beverly's Casa de Moda to close BEVERLY -- Casa de Moda, the unique specialty store that has dressed up an often struggling downtown for more than four decades, is closing. Janice Preston, who has owned and operated the store with her husband, Don, since 1969, said yesterday that t

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • North Shore residents to run in 2014 Boston Marathon

    The Salem News asked those on the North Shore who are running this year's Boston Marathon to share their reasons for running. 

    If you're running the marathon this year, it's not too late to share why you're running. Send a brief paragraph, a photo of yourself and a link to your fundraising site (if applicable) to Cheryl Lecesse at

    April 4, 2014

  • superfund Superfund work about to begin

    Testing to get underway at former Danvers tannery site Superfund work about to begin

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo