Tierney pointed toward Capitol Hill’s divisiveness as the root cause of the many problems this year.
“What makes it (trying to make progress) different is the opposition to anything by some people,” he said. “... It doesn’t matter what Republican you put in there (moderate or not), they have to play the part.”
Tierney, now serving his ninth term in Congress, plans to run for re-election in 2014.
Democrats Marisa DeFranco and Seth Moulton have launched campaigns to run against him; Republican Richard Tisei formed an exploratory committee last week to consider a possible 2014 run, as well.
After a brutal campaign, Tierney beat Tisei by less than 1 percent of the vote last November. It was one of the most closely watched races in the nation.
DeFranco, Moulton and Tierney will face off at the Democratic primary in September 2014, assuming they all collect enough signatures to get on the ballot.
When at The Salem News, Tierney said this campaign will be no different.
“Every election, we have a contest,” he said.
The 6th District contains 39 cities and towns in northeast Massachusetts, stretching from Bedford and North Andover to Gloucester and Amesbury.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this article.