Congressman John Tierney has defeated Republican challenger Richard Tisei in an extremely tight race for Massachusetts 6th District congressional seat.
This has been an unusually high-profile congressional race in Massachusetts, which is considered a stronghold for House Democrats. Tierney suffered from the impact of a family scandal involving his wife, her brother and her brother’s illegal offshore gambling business.
Tisei, on the other hand, climbed to popularity with his aggressive campaign, his theme of bipartisanship and his years of serving in the state legislature. He out-raised Tierney in campaign donations every quarter.
Tisei made Tierney’s family legal scandal a focus of the campaign, calling Tierney’s credibility into question. But that wasn’t enough to bring down Tierney.
Tierney made the tea party and right-wing extremism – which he tried to link to Tisei’s candidacy along with images of Republican House leaders – a focus of his campaign.
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