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October 19, 2012

Tierney, Tisei dive right in

In TV debate, congressman questioned on scandal, challenger called 'shameless'


Tisei challenged that claim, saying that Judge William Young “never cleared you of anything.”

“Judge Young said the congressman has nothing to do with this, meaning the sentencing hearing, he wasn’t looking at the whole thing,” Tisei said. He noted several news organizations who have called Tierney’s use of the judge’s quote “misleading.”

Tierney again went on the offensive.

“Misleading? Richard, you have lied and used insinuation and innuendo on this whole thing and spent $3 million doing it. My wife paid a terrible price on that; she took responsibility for not knowing on that,” he said. “Your naked ambition has let you take her and do this to her because you want a seat that you otherwise couldn’t get. You can’t run on the issues, Richard. You don’t have a clue about what it takes to be a member of Congress. ... Richard, you’re shameless.”

The heated discussion continued when Tisei brought up the approximately $220,000 that federal prosecutors said Patrice Tierney received from Eremian in gifts, which has never appeared on tax returns or congressional financial disclosure forms.

“You’ve known two years money that came into your household was from an illegal source, why haven’t you given up the money?” Tisei asked directly of the congressman.

“Because you’ve known for two years that that amount of money never came into my household, that that amount of money is fabricated,” Tierney said. “There is no implication my wife ever did anything wrong with her taxes or my taxes.”

In court, Patrice Tierney acknowledged that she received the gifts from her brother.

Tisei and Republicans have made the gambling scandal a central theme of the campaign for the 6th District congressional seat.

The Tierney campaign has made Tisei’s party affiliation its theme, saying that electing Tisei would empower right-wing Republicans in Congress.

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