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March 3, 2014

Challengers eye Democratic nomination

Moulton, DeFranco gear up for Tierney fight

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“I think I’m the strongest Democrat in this race,” Moulton said. “When people see the energy and enthusiasm in our team, it’s representative of the desire for change in the district.”

Moulton said that his campaign will gain momentum as summer approaches and that a key part of his strategy is attending regional caucuses to network with Democratic activists. Recruiting volunteers to perform a variety of functions is also a priority right now.

“That’s what you have to do; you have to pound the pavement,” he said.

Noting that Tierney narrowly beat Tisei in the 2012 election, Moulton said it was important he get the nomination so Democrats had a shot at keeping the seat.

“I think we need a much stronger Democrat,” he said. “The fact of the matter is he only won the last election by less than 1 percent ... he should’ve won by a lot more.”

Although Moulton said he and Tierney were “similar on the issues,” he said there were two “big differences” between them.

“I want to go to Washington to actually get things done,” he said. “The second big difference is I’m going to win the general election against Richard Tisei.”

Moulton pointed to his campaign’s financial standing as evidence he will be a successful candidate. During the last quarter of 2013, he raised $253,070, as opposed to Tierney’s $228,408.

“There’s too much money in politics these days, but it’s, nonetheless, absolutely critical,” Moulton said.

He added that 98 percent of his donations were from individual donors and said half of Tierney’s came from political action committees.

Money’s a hot issue with DeFranco, too. She raised $19,247 during the same time period and has pledged to run a “clean-money campaign” without funds from PACs.

“We’ve gone through a couple decades now of everybody crying about how money perverts politics, except everybody engages in this money arms race,” she said. “I’m setting out to prove that I’m actually putting my ideas where my mouth is.”

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