The night before Patrice Tierney's court appearance, the congressman released a statement that said his wife "accepts full responsibility for being 'willfully blind' to what her brother was doing."
Claim: "Tierney defended their actions, and that's not all. Tierney voted against a ban on offshore Internet gambling."
Fact: Tierney was one of eight Massachusetts congressmen to vote against the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act in July 2006. He said he voted against the bill because, "just like when one buys a lottery ticket or goes to the racetrack, this should be a personal decision."
He told The Salem News that, at the time, he assumed his brother-in-law was working legitimately in Antigua. "He was down there doing what the judge had authorized him to do, which is licensing software," Tierney said. "It didn't seem to make any connection with me (to his online-gambling bill vote)."
Claim: "It's sad. Tierney raises taxes on our families, but thinks it's OK for his own not to pay theirs."
Fact: Patrice Tierney broke the law while paying her brother's taxes. She provided information for Eremian's tax preparer, listing his earnings as "commissions" rather than "illegal gambling" income.
Claim: The ad includes shots of what appear to be newspaper articles with the headlines "Tierney's Family Committed Tax Fraud," "Tierney Defends Family Fraud," "Tierney Raises Taxes," "Tierney's Wife Pleads Guilty," "Thousands to Campaigns."
Fact: Three people connected to Hudak's campaign, including the candidate, could not verify that the headlines were real.
"I'm not sure. I don't know," Hudak said. "I had an ad agency put it together."