, Salem, MA


October 2, 2012

Tierney or Tisei? 2 independent polls differ widely


It did not, for instance, mention Libertarian candidate Daniel Fishman, he said. The poll also “over sampled Republicans and it is inconsistent to other polls out there” that had Tierney ahead, he said.

Outside spending

Speaking on the conference call, Tierney seemed to admit that the large and costly effort by outside Republican groups may be making an impact with voters.

The Young Guns have spent almost $1 million on negative print and television ads, and the National Republican Congressional Committee has spent nearly $900,000 against Tierney. Most center on Tierney’s family woes.

The congressman’s brothers in-law for years operated an offshore gambling business in Antigua, and Tierney’s wife, Patrice, went to jail for 30 days last year for helping her brother file false tax returns. Tierney has never been accused of wrongdoing.

“They’re spending $3 million on a character assassination,” Tierney said. “We always knew this would be a close race and we knew he (Tisei) would sink to this level and sell out to the right wing agenda, because they gave him their money to do that.”

The Republicans’ outside noise is designed to “hide the fact that (Tisei’s) first vote will be to put the right-wing agenda in place,” Tierney said, speaking of the vote to elect the speaker of the House.

Tierney has argued that Tisei will be beholden to the Republican leadership if elected, including Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, who are both affiliated with the Young Guns super PAC.

“His first act of the campaign was to sell out to the right wing and get them to do his strategy and pay for vicious personal attacks that distract from the issues,” Tierney said.

Meanwhile, Tierney’s outside support has dwindled. The House Majority super PAC, whose aim is to take back the House majority for the Democrats, pulled $630,000 worth of television spots last week that would have attacked Tisei.

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