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March 29, 2014

Tisei gets Young Guns endorsement

Democrats respond to candidate's absence from convention

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“Tisei needs to come clean and make clear whether or not he will again accept millions of dollars from a national Republican Party that promotes the same values he criticized last week,” said a press release.

However, comments from the state Democratic Party seemed to illustrate a schism between it and the national group. Whereas the DCCC said Tisei skipping the convention was a weak publicity stunt, Tom McGee, the state party chair, seemed to inadvertently praise Tisei while trying to condemn him.

“Does Richard really expect to be celebrated for doing the right thing last week if he now falls in line behind an anti-equality national Republican Party this week?” asked McGee.

Another Democrat enters race

And then there were four.

Woburn resident John Devine has become the fourth Democrat seeking his party’s nomination at September’s primary, joining Seth Moulton and Marisa DeFranco in trying to unseat incumbent John Tierney.

We caught up with Devine this week. He said he’s a 45-year-old Woburn native who went to high school and junior college in San Francisco, got a bachelor’s degree at Harvard Extension School and, along the way, studied neuroscience, psychology and other subjects.

Although Devine’s not employed right now — he’s pursuing a certificate in environmental policy at UMass Dartmouth — he’s worked before as a house painter, carpenter and cab driver and spent 10 years as a paralegal.

Asked if he had any political experience, Devine said no, but he didn’t think it would hurt him as a candidate.

“I think it helps me, coming in as an outsider,” he said.

Devine said his priorities include education, campaign finance reform, privacy, unemployment and the environment. He said “gridlock in Washington” spurred him to run for office, and that he holds Tierney partially accountable for it.

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