Fighting for Main Street

John stood up to Wall Street and big banks to protect consumers. He supports reforms to prevent future financial abuses and to require the banks to pay back taxpayers for bailing them out.
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Investing in our Children

John believes that all of our children should receive the health care they need, the quality education they deserve and a future filled with opportunities. He has taken this fight to Washington D.C. and is recognized as a national leader on these issues.
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Creating New Jobs

Congressman Tierney is a leader in the effort to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to create hundreds of thousands of new, well-paying jobs here at home.
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Serving You

John made sure the Stimulus bill included funding for job training efforts to get our people back to decent paying jobs while also ensuring that our cities and towns had funds with which to keep our schools, fire and police stations open and our firefighters, police and teachers on the job.
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John was born and raised in Salem, MA where he resides with his wife Patrice. He understands the needs of our families and has fought for our priorities. Help send John back to Congress.
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November 14, 2012

Lynn Journal: Tierney is Grateful for Lynn Vote

Congressman John Tierney received a tremendous welcome upon his arrival at the Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association’s Neighborfest Friday night at Tatiana’s Restaurant.

 

Tierney said he was grateful to the voters in Lynn for helping him get re-elected to the seat he has held for 16 years. Tierney received 21,631 votes in the city, far outdistancing opponent Richard Tisei’s total of 8,122.

Congressman John Tierney received a tremendous welcome upon his arrival at the Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association’s Neighborfest Friday night at Tatiana’s Restaurant.

 

Tierney said he was grateful to the voters in Lynn for helping him get re-elected to the seat he has held for 16 years. Tierney received 21,631 votes in the city, far outdistancing opponent Richard Tisei’s total of 8,122.

 

“We’re here with the people that brought it home for us,” said Tierney. “Lynn is  a great city and we had  a great turnout and we love working with folks that really respect government and government really respects the things that they do.

 

“In the end it was a case of making sure that we had our values represented in Washington and I’m proud to be the person they selected,” said Tierney.

 

As Tierney entered the restaurant, he was greeted by spontaneous applause and approached by several people offering congratulatory handshakes.


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November 13, 2012

Boston Globe Editorial: John Tierney’s victory shows voters put a premium on concrete achievements

John Tierney, the eight-term congressman from the North Shore, survived his toughest challenge by far, beating a talented moderate Republican, Richard Tisei. After struggling to explain an offshore gambling scandal involving his wife and in-laws, Tierney clearly was vulnerable. His 1-point win can be ascribed to many factors — from the big Democratic turnout for President Obama to the presence of a third-party candidate who siphoned critical votes from Tisei. But also crucial were the accomplishments in Tierney’s record, including his work on important student-loan legislation and his significant contributions to the Affordable Care Act. If there’s a lesson in Tierney’s victory, it shouldn’t be that Democrats always win. It should be that Massachusetts voters will reward their representatives for concrete achievements. Tierney should take that lesson to heart as he seeks to put the scandal behind him.

John Tierney, the eight-term congressman from the North Shore, survived his toughest challenge by far, beating a talented moderate Republican, Richard Tisei. After struggling to explain an offshore gambling scandal involving his wife and in-laws, Tierney clearly was vulnerable. His 1-point win can be ascribed to many factors — from the big Democratic turnout for President Obama to the presence of a third-party candidate who siphoned critical votes from Tisei. But also crucial were the accomplishments in Tierney’s record, including his work on important student-loan legislation and his significant contributions to the Affordable Care Act. If there’s a lesson in Tierney’s victory, it shouldn’t be that Democrats always win. It should be that Massachusetts voters will reward their representatives for concrete achievements. Tierney should take that lesson to heart as he seeks to put the scandal behind him.

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November 07, 2012

A Message From John

Friends,
I am so privileged to have the support you have given me, so honored by the victory that we won together last night. 
This victory is yours. 
It is because of your work, your belief, and your refusal to ever give up.  There is a message in this win...for all the people who have been counted out, don't ever give up hope. Because I have seen that when people work together and put their mind to something, amazing things are possible.
It is my solemn pledge that I will work for you and for all of the people of this district every day as passionately as I always have, as passionately as I can.  
Thank you.
John
Friends,
I am so privileged to have the support you have given me, so honored by the victory that we won together last night. 
This victory is yours. 
It is because of your work, your belief, and your refusal to ever give up.  There is a message in this win...for all the people who have been counted out, don't ever give up hope. Because I have seen that when people work together and put their mind to something, amazing things are possible.
It is my solemn pledge that I will work for you and for all of the people of this district every day as passionately as I always have, as passionately as I can.  
Thank you.
John
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October 30, 2012

Letter to the Editor: In Support of John Tierney

I first met John Tierney in 1995 when he asked if I would consider helping him in his run for Congress. I agreed and have chaired the finance committee for his successful campaigns since then. Over this time, I’ve consistently found John to be a bright, hardworking, honest fellow, and a passionate and effective representative for our District. Despite the power and glitter of the position, he’s also never changed, remaining the same down to earth guy from a modest, middleclass family.

Given what I know about John it pains me to see him attacked, and so unfairly and savagely in this campaign. I say “unfair” because the assertion that John knew of the crimes of his brothers in law and his wife’s “willful blindness” is just not true. If there was even a scintilla of evidence against him, be assured that the zealous Federal prosecutor who pursued John’s wife would have included a sitting Congressman in those indictments in a heartbeat. Furthermore, the Federal District Court Judge in Patrice Tierney’s case went so far as to state on the record that John Tierney had no involvement whatsoever in the matter. Yet John’s Republican opponent, sensing a political opportunity, has made John’s “involvement” the centerpiece of his campaign supported by a $3 million dollar nasty advertising blitz from the far right Republican “Young Guns” Super Pac of Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor.

I first met John Tierney in 1995 when he asked if I would consider helping him in his run for Congress. I agreed and have chaired the finance committee for his successful campaigns since then. Over this time, I’ve consistently found John to be a bright, hardworking, honest fellow, and a passionate and effective representative for our District. Despite the power and glitter of the position, he’s also never changed, remaining the same down to earth guy from a modest, middleclass family.

Given what I know about John it pains me to see him attacked, and so unfairly and savagely in this campaign. I say “unfair” because the assertion that John knew of the crimes of his brothers in law and his wife’s “willful blindness” is just not true. If there was even a scintilla of evidence against him, be assured that the zealous Federal prosecutor who pursued John’s wife would have included a sitting Congressman in those indictments in a heartbeat. Furthermore, the Federal District Court Judge in Patrice Tierney’s case went so far as to state on the record that John Tierney had no involvement whatsoever in the matter. Yet John’s Republican opponent, sensing a political opportunity, has made John’s “involvement” the centerpiece of his campaign supported by a $3 million dollar nasty advertising blitz from the far right Republican “Young Guns” Super Pac of Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor.

The focus of this election, however, shouldn’t be about John Tierney’s family or about Richard Tisei’s father and mother or his sister and their problems. Rather, it needs to be about our families and how they are affected by the enormous differences between the Democratic and Republican parties on the great issues of the day. Democrats support investing in affordable and accessible education and job retraining, adequate funding for Medicare and Social Security and for rebuilding our public infrastructure; while Republicans would greatly reduce or eliminate such support to fund further tax cuts for the wealthy and additional trillions for the military budget that the military leadership has not requested. Democrats support a tax policy where everyone including the very wealthy fairly shares the burden; while the Republican party insists on extending the Bush tax cuts to ensure the Romneys of the world a tax rate of 14% on $20 million dollars, while their secretaries pay twice that. Democrats support equal rights for women including pay and control of their bodies and Roe v. Wade; while the Republican party supports none of that. Democrats support regulations and oversight over big business including Wall Street; while the Republican party does not, claiming it stifles business. Democrats support a foreign policy that emphasizes cooperation, discussion, negotiation; while the Republicans insist on an aggressive “my way or the highway” posture.

If the Republican party positions sound familiar, they should, because they represent the same policies of the Bush administration that brought us to the brink of a financial collapse of epic proportions, the dramatic widening of the gulf between the wealthy and our middle class, the enmity of the international community, and into two wars with the loss of over 5,000 American lives and thousands of critical injuries.

Whatever party we agree with, the resolution of those great issues along with other substantive differences is what this election is all about. And make no mistake about it, as lifelong members of the Democratic and Republican parties, both candidates will support the policies of their parties despite any statements to the contrary by Richard Tisei as to his independence from the very people to whom he is now so indebted.

John Tierney has been an effective and passionate voice for the 6th District and for the issues that most of us hold dear. Let’s return him to Washington to continue this important fight with a Democratic majority in the House that will break the logjam of the last two years. This seat may well be the difference!

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October 25, 2012

Boston Phoenix Endorses Tierney

Tierney has been a stalwart champion of working families and the middle class. He is a strong supporter of the whole range of important women's issues, especially the right to choose abortion, and has fought Republican efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of funding. Tierney has also worked diligently to ensure that the nuclear power industry is properly regulated, and is a leader in the bipartisan effort to police waste and misspending in the Afghanistan war. And Tierney is a staunch defender of gay rights and a committed advocate of marriage equality.

 
Tierney For Congress
 
 
 
The most closely watched congressional race in Massachusetts is being fought in the Sixth District, on Boston's North Shore, between Democratic incumbent John Tierney and his Republican challenger Richard Tisei. Experts say it is the only congressional contest in the state that could be an upset, with the GOP rival besting the Democrat.

Tierney has only himself to blame. His campaign has failed to adequately address concerns arising out of his wife Patrice's guilty plea two years ago to federal tax charges connected with work she did for her brother's Antigua-based offshore gambling business.

This would be an uncomfortable situation in any family, but for a high elected official such as Tierney, it could spell the end of his political career — despite his stellar record of representing his constituents. And Tisei has successfully made the episode the centerpiece of his campaign against Tierney.

Patrice entered her guilty plea one month before Tierney was handily re-elected in 2010. She subsequently served a month in prison. Federal prosecutors never implicated Tierney in either the case against Patrice, or the action against her brother. Given the zealous, even fanatical, dedication that the US Department of Justice exhibits in pursuing targets, especially those suspected of political wrongdoing, it is reasonable to assume that prosecutors had nothing on Tierney.

Tierney has been a stalwart champion of working families and the middle class. He is a strong supporter of the whole range of important women's issues, especially the right to choose abortion, and has fought Republican efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of funding. Tierney has also worked diligently to ensure that the nuclear power industry is properly regulated, and is a leader in the bipartisan effort to police waste and misspending in the Afghanistan war. And Tierney is a staunch defender of gay rights and a committed advocate of marriage equality.

Overall, Tierney has assembled a record in Washington of which any Massachusetts congressman could be proud. We understand that Patrice's guilty plea was unsettling. But we urge voters who are still disturbed to hold their noses and cast their ballot for Tierney. They will be voting for John, not Patrice.

Tisei may not be a certifiable right-wing nut, but he is only a thinly disguised Tea Partier. In his 26 years as a legislator on Beacon Hill, Tisei was regarded as a moderate conservative. Now, however, Tisei has changed his stripes — embracing the Republicans' Paul Ryan budget that would compromise Social Security, gut Medicare and Medicaid, promote sweetheart tax treatment for the wealthiest, and replicate the nothing-is-too-good-for-corporate-interests agenda that spawned the Bush-era crash.

Tisei is gay, and lives with his partner, with whom he jointly owns a brokerage that handles residential and small commercial properties. His sexual orientation and his support for marriage equality, combined with his now out-of-date reputation as a moderate, have given Tisei effective political cover. However, if voters brush past the cosmetics and look hard at the fundamentals, they will see that today Tisei is a staunch Republican royalist committed to privileging the one percent, ignoring the 47 percent, and screwing everyone in between.

A Tisei victory would shortchange the North Shore, as well as Massachusetts. It would also aid and abet the radical economic reactionaries who want to return America to an 1890s-style plutocracy.

As to the argument that Tisei's election would sensitize the hard right, we are skeptical. At this point, it's almost oxymoronic to be a gay Republican. The Log Cabin movement has enjoyed some success on the local level, but among national GOPers it is an outfit that dare not speak its name.

Ask yourself this: if the NAACP offered to launder the sheets of the Ku Klux Klan during the struggles of the 1950s and the 1960s, do you really think the Southern bigots would have embraced the idea of civil rights?

 

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