Richard Tisei’s journey to become the 6th District’s next congressman began with pomp and circumstance a year ago on the steps of the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield. It ended yesterday with a three-paragraph email to reporters.
“This has been a long, hard-fought battle, and I believe that the voters deserve better representation in Washington. That’s why I ran,” Tisei said in a statement just before 2 p.m. yesterday. “Nonetheless, the election results are now fully in and Congressman Tierney retains a narrow lead. I congratulate him on his victory.”
About an hour earlier, Tisei’s campaign manager, Paul Moore, had called Tierney’s campaign manager, Matt Robison, to concede the race. Tisei did not call Tierney.
With all 39 cities and towns in the district reporting, Tierney beat Tisei by a slim margin of 48 percent to 47 percent, a difference of about 3,600 votes in an election where more than 372,000 were cast.
Tierney declared victory around 12:30 a.m. yesterday morning, but Tisei did not concede that night, citing “irregularities” in polling numbers coming out of Lynn, where Tierney got 70 percent of the vote.
Early yesterday morning, Moore called it “odd” and “completely bizarre” that Tisei did so poorly in the district’s largest city. He complained that the city clerk did not answer their phone calls after about 8:30 p.m., and told the media that someone had seen people tell voters that if they wanted to continue to receive welfare checks, they should vote for Tierney.
City Clerk Mary Audley said in a statement that the allegations from Tisei’s campaign are “unfounded” and said her office received no complaints from voters or from the secretary of state’s office.
“We are committed to running every election to the letter of the law, and to allege otherwise is quite offensive,” Audley said.