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February 7, 2014

Benton: TIerney faces a tough field

The fourth-quarter numbers were not encouraging for U.S. Rep. John Tierney, but provided plenty of cause for cheer in the camps of Democratic challenger Seth Moulton and Republican Richard Tisei. Both of the latter raised more money in the last three months of 2013 than the veteran incumbent in what many believe will be one of the most hotly contested races of the year nationally.

Though he had already amassed a sizable war chest (more than a half-million dollars), Tierney took in less money ($228,408) in the final quarter than Tisei ($434,768 or Moulton ($253,070). While a Tierney spokesman downplayed the results for what, after all, was only a single quarter, and his candidate has a long history of electoral success, the fact is the Salem Democrat will face well-funded opponents in both the primary and general elections this fall.

Look for Moulton, a Marblehead resident, to roll out his first TV ad shortly; and for Tisei’s efforts to be aided by a variety of independent political action groups that abhor Tierney’s liberal voting record.

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Members of the Democratic Party’s liberal/progressive wing are already casting about for a successor to Barack Obama. And, no, despite what many GOPers might think, Hillary Clinton doesn’t fit the bill.

Two names that have been mentioned frequently lately are those of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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A strong economy would doubtless do a lot more to improve the lot of Point residents (as well as their neighbors in the rest of Salem and throughout the North Shore). But that’s more than even the president of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank can deliver.

At least the stock market was in positive territory Tuesday when Eric Rosengren dropped by for a roundtable discussion of the Point Vision and Action Plan, a public-private initiative that recently won $100,000 from the Boston Fed’s Working Cities Challenge program.

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