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March 3, 2014

Challengers eye Democratic nomination

Moulton, DeFranco gear up for Tierney fight


DeFranco said right now her priority is recruiting volunteers and collecting signatures to get on the ballot. Like Moulton, she attends local caucuses. While she’s campaigning, DeFranco is also running her practice, something she said illustrates another key difference between her and her two competitors.

“I’m not wealthy enough to be a full-time candidate,” DeFranco said.

In a recent interview, Tierney declined to comment much about either Moulton or DeFranco, saying it was up to the candidates to present their cases for election.

“They’re the challengers in the race ... they have to worry about what they have to tell people,” he said. “I’m busy talking with people about the great things we’ve done.”

A priority for Tierney’s campaign is keeping the good relationships he’s built with constituents, attending local caucuses and “knocking on doors,” he said.

As for Moulton’s comment that he could beat Tisei and the congressman couldn’t, Tierney disagreed.

“Apparently he wasn’t paying attention last time; we just beat Tisei,” he said. “We’re confident on this. We know we represent the values of the district.”

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached

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