Candidates Tussle Over TV Ad With Accusation of Tisei as 'Right-Wing Extremist'

A new ad from U.S. Rep. John Tierney once again says Congressional candidate Richard Tisei is a right-wing extremist.

It's just a few weeks from the election, and the battles are getting more intense in the 6th District congressional race.

Congressman John Tierney's (D-Salem) campaign has released a new ad once again labeling Republican challenger Richard Tisei as a right-wing extremist. This time, however, the Tierney campaign is accusing Tisei of being anti-abortion.

Tierney is the siting Congressman representing the Sixth Congressional District, which includes Hamilton and Wenham.

The ad, which can be viewed here, starts with Tisei referring to the national Republican platform by saying "it is what it is."

The ad then goes through a list of anti-abortion measures Republicans have supported -- including a constitutional amendment to ban abortion without exceptions for rape or incest and defunding Planned Parenthood -- and ties them to Tisei's candidacy. It also lists votes Tisei has cast in the past including one for an amendment to ban public funding of abortions in 1986 and another to postpone a vote on criminalizing the blocking of abortion clinic entrances in 1993.

"What it is," the ad says at the end, "is too extreme."

Tisei, however, is pro-choice. He has said so many times. And Tisei's "it is what it is" comment was taken from a TV interview in which Tisei was actually speaking out against his party's platform regarding social issues.

Tisei's campaign manager Paul Moore issued a statement condemning the ad and calling Tierney's efforts "pitiful."

"Does Congressman Tierney have no shame? He's beginning to embarrass himself with these absurd lies," Moore said. "Richard has a long record as a pro-choice Senator. He's been a leader on women's health issues in the state for years. He's openly gay and has been a leader as a social moderate and fiscal conservative. John Tierney has decided that he can't win if he doesn't lie. That's pretty pitiful and the voters deserve much better."

Barbara Smith October 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM
yeah, he's pro choice like romney was and look where there ended up ? We need Tierney and extreme ads are needed to fight extremists....
john October 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Yeah because the abortion issue is one of those really important issues affecting the country.
Anne Sweeney October 10, 2012 at 03:47 PM
John & Barbara, Tisei is as much an extremist as Mahatma Ghandi. His views, ideology and pragmatism puts him more on the Liberal side of the equation. Obviously you people whoever you are, have not done your homework. Even Romney by all standards would be considered moderate to liberal sort of an Obama Light. Obama is an idealist and Romney is a realist. Obama hopes for change. Romney plans, initiates and executes change. Whether we like it or not, regardless of party, we need a doer not a dreamer for the presidency. I voted for Hope and Change and am very disappointed. We still have Guantanamo, We still have troops in Iraq, although not publicized. We have an on-going war in Afghanistan with our troops being shot by our friends ? Iran, China, North Korea, Pakistan and Russia are a few still in play ? Gas and home heating oil are at a crushing high over four years ago. I could not stand Bush, but worse I cannot stand another four more years of Congressional, Senatorial and Presidential Grid Lock. If Romney could reach across the Isle and work a deal with Ted Kennedy, Romney's my choice :-)
Paul J October 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
If Tisei is a 'Right-Wing Extremist', then Tierney knew about his wifes issues.


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