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September 28, 2012

Benton: Romney gaffes helping the Democrats

The final, and perhaps most critical, phase of the closely watched 6th District congressional race began yesterday with the first of four scheduled debates at North Shore Community College campus in Lynn. (The Salem News and Jewish Journal will hold one on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Danvers High School.)

Incumbent Democrat

John Tierney continues to be dogged about his wife’s legal troubles and this week was the subject of an embarrassing Boston Globe story questioning whether the couple should have paid taxes on the more than $200,000 she received from her brother, Robert Eremian, who remains a fugitive from justice in the Caribbean, where he operates an Internet gaming enterprise.

On the other hand, like U.S. Senate candidate

Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic congressional candidates elsewhere in the country, Tierney has likely benefited from the meltdown within the Republican presidential campaign.

Mitt Romney has been losing ground ever since the Tampa convention with one gaffe after another, and seems to be fading in many of the key battleground states that will determine the winner of this year’s election. Indeed, one gets the impression these days that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is more interested in positioning himself for a run in the top spot four years from now than in helping Romney gain the White House in 2012.

Of course, as with the 6th District race, everything could change depending on how the candidates perform in the upcoming debates.

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Though he’s been retired for more than a decade, former GE head honcho Jack Welch, a North Salem native, remains a formidable presence via his writing and frequent appearances on national TV.

He’s a big supporter of fellow businessman Romney and told Fox News recently that another four years of Obama could be a disaster financially for many, including “retirees like me.”

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