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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November 03, 2012

Leading Pro-Choice Group Backs Tierney

 

Peabody, MA – Today, Congressman John Tierney received the endorsement of the National Abortion Rights Action League  (NARAL). Tierney is the only candidate in this race that is 100% pro-choice and has consistently fought to protect a woman’s right to choose. NARAL is a non-partisan organization that supports pro-choice candidates and is committed to promoting women’s health.

 

“I am honored to have NARAL stand with me in this campaign and grateful for their continued support,” said Congressman John Tierney. “I will never stop fighting to defend a woman’s right to control her own body. The government should not be able to drive a wedge between a woman and her doctor, that is why we must replace the Tea Party controlled Congress with a pro-choice majority that respects women. I have a record of putting women's health first and will continue to make sure that women have access to contraceptives."

For Immediate Release

November 3, 2012

 

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

 

Leading Pro-Choice Group Backs Tierney

NARAL endorses Tierney for re-election

 

Peabody, MA – Today, Congressman John Tierney received the endorsement of the National Abortion Rights Action League  (NARAL). Tierney is the only candidate in this race that is 100% pro-choice and has consistently fought to protect a woman’s right to choose. NARAL is a non-partisan organization that supports pro-choice candidates and is committed to promoting women’s health.

 

“I am honored to have NARAL stand with me in this campaign and grateful for their continued support,” said Congressman John Tierney. “I will never stop fighting to defend a woman’s right to control her own body. The government should not be able to drive a wedge between a woman and her doctor, that is why we must replace the Tea Party controlled Congress with a pro-choice majority that respects women. I have a record of putting women's health first and will continue to make sure that women have access to contraceptives."

Tierney's Republican opponent Richard Tisei has already pledged to support the extreme right-wing Republican leadership that is seeking to restrict access to birth control, make abortion a crime, and redefine rape. According to the Boston Globe Tisei has been "inconsistent" when it comes to supporting a women's right to choose [Boston Globe, 6.2.93]. NARAL Massachusetts described Tisei’s Position on abortion rights as “Mixed.”  [NARAL Massachusetts 2004 Political Updates]. Tisei has also come out in favor of limiting access to birth control [Lynn Daily Item, 2.13.12].  He has supported the idea behind the infamous Blunt Amendment that would put the government between a woman and her medical decisions. 

 

Tierney strongly believes in protecting Roe v. Wade and has worked against the House Republican Majority efforts to undermine the law and roll back protections for women.

 

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November 02, 2012

National Women’s Group Endorses John Tierney

Peabody, MA – Today, the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW/PAC) has endorsed Congressman John Tierney for re-election. Founded in 1966, NOW is an independent, non-partisan group that has over 500,000 contributing members nationwide and is one of the leading advocacy groups for women in the nation.

 

"In Congress John Tierney has been a champion on women's issues. He is the only candidate in this race that women can trust when it comes to healthcare, pay equity, and fighting for middle-class families. John is 100% pro-choice and committed to making sure that the government does not get in between a women and her doctor. He voted for the healthcare reform law which is making sure that women and their children can get the quality healthcare they deserve," said NOW President, Terry O'Neill.

 

For Immediate Release

November 2nd, 2012

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

 

National Women’s Group Endorses John Tierney

 

Peabody, MA – Today, the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW/PAC) has endorsed Congressman John Tierney for re-election. Founded in 1966, NOW is an independent, non-partisan group that has over 500,000 contributing members nationwide and is one of the leading advocacy groups for women in the nation.

 

"In Congress John Tierney has been a champion on women's issues. He is the only candidate in this race that women can trust when it comes to healthcare, pay equity, and fighting for middle-class families. John is 100% pro-choice and committed to making sure that the government does not get in between a women and her doctor. He voted for the healthcare reform law which is making sure that women and their children can get the quality healthcare they deserve," said NOW President, Terry O'Neill.

 

"I am honored to have the support of NOW and women across the 6th District in this campaign. I will never stop fighting for women's rights and will continue to push for pay equity and defend a woman's right to choose. There is a very clear choice in this election, I am the only candidate in this race that has consistently stood up for the issues that matter most to women, and my opponent supports the Tea Party Republican leadership whose agenda will turn the clock back on women's rights," said Congressman John Tierney.

 

John Tierney has consistently fought against Tea Party efforts to undermine a woman’s right to choose and worked to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Congressman Tierney has the strong support of women across the 6th District. Click here to learn why women are standing with John Tierney in this campaign.  

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October 24, 2012

PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS OF MASSACHUSETTS ENDORSE CONGRESSMAN JOHN TIERNEY FOR RE-ELECTION

Lynn, MA – October 24, 2012 - Massachusetts firefighters from across the state converged in Lynn today to endorse Congressman John Tierney, for re-election to the United States House of Representatives 6th district.

 

“The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts are proud to endorse Congressman John Tierney, a true voice for firefighters and the working class," said Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts. “Firefighters are on the job today in cities like Lynn because of the efforts of Congressman Tierney and his steadfast support of SAFER grant funding. He understands the crucial federal programs necessary to help us do our job and keep the public safe. We look forward to working with him on the campaign trail on through victory November 6th.”

 

 Lynn, MA – October 24, 2012 - Massachusetts firefighters from across the state converged in Lynn today to endorse Congressman John Tierney, for re-election to the United States House of Representatives 6th district.

 

“The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts are proud to endorse Congressman John Tierney, a true voice for firefighters and the working class," said Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts. “Firefighters are on the job today in cities like Lynn because of the efforts of Congressman Tierney and his steadfast support of SAFER grant funding. He understands the crucial federal programs necessary to help us do our job and keep the public safe. We look forward to working with him on the campaign trail on through victory November 6th.”

 

"I am honored to have the firefighters stand with me in this campaign. I will never stop fighting for the working families of the 6th District, because they are the backbone of our country. Firefighters and first responders are on the front lines every day protecting our communities, and that is why I will continue to make sure they are able to stay on the job and have the equipment they need. I look forward to continuing my work with Massachusetts bravest to keep our neighborhoods safe and our country moving forward with a stronger middle class," said Congressman John Tierney.

 

The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts represent more than 12,000 professional firefighters from across the Commonwealth. More information about the PFFM can be found at www.pffm.org.

 

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October 23, 2012

Gloucester Leaders Endorse Tierney For Re-election

Gloucester, MA – Today, local leaders from Gloucester endorsed Congressman John Tierney for re-election. They cited Tierney’s work for the fishing community, veterans, seniors, education and his record of fighting for middle-class families.

 

"Congressman Tierney has always delivered for our Cape Ann communities. Whether he's standing up for women's issues, or using his position on the house oversight committee to fight federal government abuses and defend our fishing community, John has always stood up for our families," said State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante. "I'm proud to support John for re-election and look forward to working with him at the state level to continue moving Gloucester, Essex and Rockport forward."

 

"As the longest serving mayor of Gloucester, I have had the opportunity to work with numerous members of Congress, and John Tierney has been far and away the most accessible and most knowledgeable about the needs of our community. Time and again, John has delivered for the people of Gloucester and has always put his constituents first. I have been in politics for a long time, and I have never seen such a desperate, vicious campaign like the one being waged by his opponent. John is a man of honesty and integrity, and has never forgotten his middle-class roots. I am proud to stand with John in this campaign," said At-Large City Councilor Bruce Tobey.

For Immediate Release

October 23, 2012

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

Gloucester Leaders Endorse Tierney For Re-election

 

Gloucester, MA – Today, local leaders from Gloucester endorsed Congressman John Tierney for re-election. They cited Tierney’s work for the fishing community, veterans, seniors, education and his record of fighting for middle-class families.

 

"Congressman Tierney has always delivered for our Cape Ann communities. Whether he's standing up for women's issues, or using his position on the house oversight committee to fight federal government abuses and defend our fishing community, John has always stood up for our families," said State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante. "I'm proud to support John for re-election and look forward to working with him at the state level to continue moving Gloucester, Essex and Rockport forward."

 

"As the longest serving mayor of Gloucester, I have had the opportunity to work with numerous members of Congress, and John Tierney has been far and away the most accessible and most knowledgeable about the needs of our community. Time and again, John has delivered for the people of Gloucester and has always put his constituents first. I have been in politics for a long time, and I have never seen such a desperate, vicious campaign like the one being waged by his opponent. John is a man of honesty and integrity, and has never forgotten his middle-class roots. I am proud to stand with John in this campaign," said At-Large City Councilor Bruce Tobey.

“I am standing with John in this campaign because he has worked to protect and preserve Medicare and Social Security for our seniors, and has fought against efforts to undermine these critical programs," said City Council Vice-President Sefatia Romeo Theken, a registered independent. "John has worked to maintain funding for Prescription Advantage in Massachusetts, along with Medicaid funding so that seniors are able to stay in their own homes rather than enter nursing homes. John has been a strong and effective voice for our community and I look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of Gloucester's seniors.”

“John has my full support in this campaign, because he has been a tireless advocate for our public schools, and has worked everyday in Congress to make sure our students get the quality education that they deserve. Congressman Tierney understands that the key to a vibrant economy is a first rate school system that will prepare our students for jobs now and in the future,” said Gloucester School Committee Chair Jonathan Pope.

"I am supporting John Tierney in this campaign because he has been a tireless advocate for Veterans. He understands that we have a sacred obligation to care for our men and women when they return home and in Congress John has fought to make sure that no veteran in the 6th District has to drive more then 15 miles to get care. John understands our community and will keep fighting for middle class families," said former State Representative Tony Verga, who chaired the Veterans Committee in the State House.

 
“As a former Mayor, I know first hand that Congressman Tierney is committed to working with our local officials to make our communities stronger," said former Mayor John Bell. Congressman Tierney has been a loyal partner for Gloucester and he's someone we can trust to put our best interests first. John has an accomplished record and stands on the right side of the issues, unlike his opponent who has nothing to run on, is wrong on the issues and has instead, resorted to a smear campaign to distract voters from what really matters to voters in Gloucester."

“I have been a Republican all of my life and I am proud to support Congressman John Tierney in this campaign because I vote the person, not the party,” said Former City Councilor and current Gloucester Housing Authority Commissioner Gus Foote. “John has always defended our fishing community and fought to keep the Veterans Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Gloucester so that veterans receive the care they deserve.”


“John Tierney has always been there for us and I will do everything I can to support his campaign. Our fishing families need someone they can count on, and that’s why I am supporting John. I trust him, because he is accessible and does a great job for our community," said Angela Sanfilippo, the president of the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association.

“I am truly honored to have the support of so many friends in Gloucester. There is a lot at stake in this election for the middle class and our fishing community, and with your support, we can continue our work on behalf of Gloucester and the people of the 6th District. I will never stop fighting for our shared values,” said Congressman John Tierney.

 

Full List

State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante
City Councilor Joe Ciolino (At-Large and Independent)
City Councilor Sefatia Romeo Theken (At-Large and Independent)
City Councilor Bruce Tobey (At-Large)
City Councilor Paul McGeary (Ward 1)
City Councilor Melissa Cox (Ward 2 and Independent)

City Councilor Steven LeBlanc (Ward 3 and Independent)
City Councilor Jackie Hardy (Ward 4, Council President and Independent)

City Councilor Greg Verga (Ward 5)
School Committee Chair Jonathan Pope
School Committee Member Roger Garberg
School Committee Member Tony Gross (Independent)
School Committee Member Melissa Joy Teixeira
Former Mayor John Bell
Former State Representative Tony Verga
Former City Councilor Gus Foote (Gloucester Housing Authority Commissioner and Republican)
Gloucester Fisheries Commission Chair, David Bergeron
Governor’s Council Candidate Eileen Duff

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October 22, 2012

Tisei Caught Misleading Voters Again And Suffering From “Romnesia”

Peabody, MA – During last week’s debate at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Richard Tisei was caught having a case of Romnesia. Now that Tisei has fully embraced the Tea Party platform that calls for the repeal of the new health care law, he is desperate to mislead voters about his record.

 

John Tierney called out Richard Tisei’s case of “Romneisa” and pointed out that Tisei voted for Romneycare in the Massachusetts state Senate and applauded it as a “national model”.  Tisei responded by telling the audience , “I don’t remember saying that the Massachusetts bill would be a good model for the nation, I think quite the opposite.” Tisei has tried to hide the fact that he has taken a hard right turn in this campaign to get $3 million from his Tea Party allies.

 

For Immediate Release

October 22, 2012

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

 

Tisei Caught Misleading Voters Again And Suffering From “Romnesia”

 

Peabody, MA – During last week’s debate at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Richard Tisei was caught having a case of Romnesia. Now that Tisei has fully embraced the Tea Party platform that calls for the repeal of the new health care law, he is desperate to mislead voters about his record.

 

John Tierney called out Richard Tisei’s case of “Romneisa” and pointed out that Tisei voted for Romneycare in the Massachusetts state Senate and applauded it as a “national model”.  Tisei responded by telling the audience , “I don’t remember saying that the Massachusetts bill would be a good model for the nation, I think quite the opposite.” Tisei has tried to hide the fact that he has taken a hard right turn in this campaign to get $3 million from his Tea Party allies.

 

 

 

 

The Facts:

 

  • Richard Tisei voted for Romneycare while in the state Senate.

 

  • In an op-ed written by Tisei about the MA health care law, he wrote “ I am extremely hopeful that the final product of this process will be a national model.” [Wakefield Observer, Op/Ed by Richard Tisei, 11/17/05]

 

  • At a recent debate Tiei denied calling Romneycare a “national model” and told those in attendance,  “I don’t remember saying that the Massachusetts bill would be a good model for the nation, I think quite the opposite.” [Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Debate, 10/17/12]

 

“Mr. Tisei cannot rewrite history or run from his support of the Tea Party agenda,” said Tierney spokesman Grant Herring. “This just shows that Tisei is less interested in fighting for affordable healthcare then he is in pandering to his Tea Party masters in Washington. Voters can see right through this and realize that Tisei will say anything to get elected.”

 

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October 19, 2012

Educators Endorse Congressman Tierney

The 110,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association formally endorsed Congressmen John Tierney at a roundtable forum with MTA educators held yesterday in Lynnfield.

 

The event provided educators with an opportunity to highlight the important work Congressman Tierney has done on behalf of students and educators – from preschool to public higher education – during his eight terms in office. Tierney is in a tough fight against Republican Richard Tisei who has close ties to the radical, Republican Tea Party. Tisei has described the Tea Party as a “Godsend.”

 

“Congressman Tierney is a true ally and a strong advocate for students and educators,” MTA President Toner said at the start of the event. “He has stood up time after time for our students, educators as well as our public schools, colleges and universities. Throughout his career on Capitol Hill, he has worked tirelessly to open doors for children, and families, and the most vulnerable among us.”

From the MTA

 

MTA EDUCATORS ENDORSE CONGRESSMAN JOHN TIERNEY

 

The 110,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association formally endorsed Congressman John Tierney at a roundtable forum with MTA educators held yesterday in Lynnfield.

 

The event provided educators with an opportunity to highlight the important work Congressman Tierney has done on behalf of students and educators – from preschool to public higher education – during his eight terms in office. Tierney is in a tough fight against Republican Richard Tisei who has close ties to the radical, Republican Tea Party. Tisei has described the Tea Party as a “Godsend.”

 

“Congressman Tierney is a true ally and a strong advocate for students and educators,” MTA President Toner said at the start of the event. “He has stood up time after time for our students, educators as well as our public schools, colleges and universities. Throughout his career on Capitol Hill, he has worked tirelessly to open doors for children, and families, and the most vulnerable among us.”

 

"I am proud to have the support of our teachers in this campaign, because they play a critical role in making sure our children are prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century,” Congressman Tierney said. "The key to a vibrant economy is a strong education system – I look forward to continuing to work with our teachers and parents to ensure that our students are getting the best possible classroom experience."

 

Kerry Zagarella, a kindergarten teacher in Ipswich, spoke of her personal experience with the congressman’s district staff.

 

“Thank you, Representative Tierney, for the work you do in assisting poor and working class families,” said Zagarella, who sought help from the congressman’s district staff for Lynn families in need of fuel and/or food assistance. “Every single time I called your office advocating for a family, I got help. Families that were intimidated by the system, came to me and I came to you. Your staff was always helpful and resourceful.”

 

Zagarella added, “You understand how hard it is for students to succeed when poverty is a factor. I have great respect for the work you’ve done and continue to do for poor and working class families. This matters a great deal to us as teachers. Thank you – I’m a proud supporter of you.”

 

Amy Everitt, a professor at Salem State University and president of the Salem State chapter of the Massachusetts State College Association, praised the congressman for his efforts to promote public higher education. Tierney, a Salem State graduate, led the effort to include substantial funding for education in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The federal stimulus funds were used at Salem State to provide more classroom technology, facility upgrades and renovations, and financial aid for low-income students.

“Our student population is very vulnerable – 37 percent of our students are eligible for Pell Grants – so financial aid is an absolute necessity,” said Everitt. “Congressman Tierney’s efforts have helped many of my students to stay in school. We need you in Washington fighting for us.”

 

Bob Murphy, a retired Somerville teacher and Gloucester resident, noted Tierney’s support for important programs such as Head Start and full-day kindergarten, which go a long way to closing the achievement gap that hurts too many children.

 

“Congressman Tierney, you have demonstrated time and again that you are willing to stand up and fight for programs that help children to succeed,” Murphy said.

 

Betsy Stowell, a secretary in the special education department in Hamilton-Wenham, spoke of Congressman Tierney’s efforts to lessen the financial burden on college students and their families. Tierney was instrumental in crafting several comprehensive bills that resulted in increased Pell Grant scholarship awards, more loan forgiveness opportunities, and reducing interest rates, among other things.

 

“Thank you for helping me to ensure that my children could go to college without the threat of a lifetime of loans after graduation,” said Stowell, who has a son in college and a daughter who is a recent graduate. “Your efforts went a long way in my house.”

 

Marblehead teacher Mary Miles noted Congressman Tierney’s efforts to fix No Child Left Behind and move away from the “one-size-fits-all” accountability system and emphasis on punishment. “Tierney is  the sole New England member of Congress serving on the House of Education and Workforce Committee, which is responsible for reauthorizing the federal law formally known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

 

“Congressman Tierney, you are a true friend to teachers,” Miles said.

 

North Shore Community College professor Don Williams thanked Tierney for his support for the Education Jobs Fund, which helped to keep educators in the classroom following the economic crisis of 2008. He also noted Tierney’s opposition to the Ryan Tea Party plan, which includes drastic cuts to public education and would end Medicare as we know it.

 

“I thank you for standing up to the Republican Tea Party and advocating for an end to tax breaks for millionaires,” Williams said. “I can’t say the same about your opponent.”

 

The Massachusetts Teachers Association represents 110,000 educators, faculty, staff and education support professionals working in public schools and colleges, including an estimated 10,000 members in the Sixth Congressional District.

 

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