September 06, 2012

Tierney Campaign Releases New Ad

 

 

For Immediate Release

September 6th, 2012

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

Tierney Campaign Releases New Ad

New web ad focuses on creating opportunity

 

Peabody, MA – Tomorrow, Congressman John Tierney’s campaign will be launching a new web ad called Opportunity. The new 60-second ad focuses on Tierney’s work for middle-class families in the 6th District and his commitment to create jobs in Massachusetts.

 

Click here to view the new ad.

 

Opportunity highlights Tierney’s accomplishments in Congress and his vision for building a stronger middle class. The ad will initially run online across the 6th District and counter the negative ad blitz by Paul Ryan’s Young Gun super PAC.

 

“This ad shows the clear choice in this election," said Tierney campaign manager Matt Robison.  "Congressman Tierney is focused on fighting for middle-class families, while Richard Tisei supports the Tea Party agenda that will end Medicare, repeal health care reform, and raise taxes on the middle class."

 

The campaign first released the ad in an email to supporters, and shared it on Facebook and Twitter.

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September 06, 2012

Tierney and Fishman Agree To Chamber Of Commerce Debate

 

Peabody, MA – Today, Congressman John Tierney and Libertarian Daniel Fishman have confirmed that they will attend a debate hosted by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tierney is hoping that his Republican opponent Richard Tisei will join him and Fishman at the only scheduled debate in the new part of the 6th district. The Merrimack Valley Chamber has extended an offer to all three candidates to participate and is committed to hosting a debate on the issues. 

 

“Voters deserve to hear directly from all of the candidates in this race. I hope that Mr. Tisei will accept this invitation to debate, so that we can discuss the issues that matter to middle-class families here in the 6th District,” said Congressman John Tierney.

For Immediate Release

September 5, 2012

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

 

 

Tierney and Fishman Agree To Chamber Of Commerce Debate

Tierney and Fishman agree to participate in the only debate in the new part of the 6th District

 

Peabody, MA – Today, Congressman John Tierney and Libertarian Daniel Fishman have confirmed that they will attend a debate hosted by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tierney is hoping that his Republican opponent Richard Tisei will join him and Fishman at the only scheduled debate in the new part of the 6th district. The Merrimack Valley Chamber has extended an offer to all three candidates to participate and is committed to hosting a debate on the issues. 

 

“Voters deserve to hear directly from all of the candidates in this race. I hope that Mr. Tisei will accept this invitation to debate, so that we can discuss the issues that matter to middle-class families here in the 6th District,” said Congressman John Tierney.

 

The organizers of the event are working with all three campaigns to lock down a date and venue, sometime in mid October. The debate will be free and open to the public.

 

 

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September 05, 2012

Op-ed: The facts on Medicare and the Republican plan

By Congressman Tierney

Medicare is now front and center in the 2012 campaign. There are two very different views on the future of the Medicare program, and it is important that voters have the facts before they decide.

Unfortunately, my opponent, Richard Tisei, has decided to follow a scheme invented by Washington Republicans. Their idea? End Medicare as we know it, but invent wild stories that twist the facts in order to confuse voters about their plans.

Last week, Mr. Tisei published an op-ed defending Republican Paul Ryan’s plan. In it, he stated that I supported a $716 billion cut to Medicare. This is 100 percent false. And don’t just take my word for it: Look it up. Many nonpartisan fact-checking organizations, including CNN, Time magazine and The Boston Globe, have said it was not true. The nonpartisan fact-checking website PolitiFact called it a “pants on fire” lie.

Mr. Tisei even went on to cite right-wing talking points about unelected Medicare panels ... and who came up with that story? Sarah Palin.

Now, it’s not surprising that Mr. Tisei — who famously called the tea party “a godsend” and who is getting literally millions of dollars of support from Washington Republicans — would try to pull the wool over voters’ eyes with this kind of right-wing nonsense. But it does a disservice to voters and to seniors who deserve to know the truth about the Republican plan that Mr. Tisei supports so much.

So let’s just stick to the facts.

The Republican Ryan budget plan that Mr. Tisei supports would end Medicare by privatizing it and turning it into a voucher system, raising health care costs for seniors by $6,400 while protecting tax breaks for millionaires.

Again, don’t just take my word for it — see what reliable, nonpartisan authorities say. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare said that the Republican plan “would end traditional Medicare.” AARP agreed that the Republicans’ “experimental and unproven” plan was terrible for seniors and would cost them much more. The Center for American progress found that the Republican Ryan budget would give millionaires an additional $265,000 tax cut.

By Congressman Tierney

Medicare is now front and center in the 2012 campaign. There are two very different views on the future of the Medicare program, and it is important that voters have the facts before they decide.

Unfortunately, my opponent, Richard Tisei, has decided to follow a scheme invented by Washington Republicans. Their idea? End Medicare as we know it, but invent wild stories that twist the facts in order to confuse voters about their plans.

Last week, Mr. Tisei published an op-ed defending Republican Paul Ryan’s plan. In it, he stated that I supported a $716 billion cut to Medicare. This is 100 percent false. And don’t just take my word for it: Look it up. Many nonpartisan fact-checking organizations, including CNN, Time magazine and The Boston Globe, have said it was not true. The nonpartisan fact-checking website PolitiFact called it a “pants on fire” lie.

Mr. Tisei even went on to cite right-wing talking points about unelected Medicare panels ... and who came up with that story? Sarah Palin.

Now, it’s not surprising that Mr. Tisei — who famously called the tea party “a godsend” and who is getting literally millions of dollars of support from Washington Republicans — would try to pull the wool over voters’ eyes with this kind of right-wing nonsense. But it does a disservice to voters and to seniors who deserve to know the truth about the Republican plan that Mr. Tisei supports so much.

So let’s just stick to the facts.

The Republican Ryan budget plan that Mr. Tisei supports would end Medicare by privatizing it and turning it into a voucher system, raising health care costs for seniors by $6,400 while protecting tax breaks for millionaires.

Again, don’t just take my word for it — see what reliable, nonpartisan authorities say. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare said that the Republican plan “would end traditional Medicare.” AARP agreed that the Republicans’ “experimental and unproven” plan was terrible for seniors and would cost them much more. The Center for American progress found that the Republican Ryan budget would give millionaires an additional $265,000 tax cut.

No less an authority than Newt Gingrich called this Republican plan “right-wing social engineering.” I have rarely been accused of agreeing with Newt Gingrich on a lot, but he sure hit the nail on the head on this one.

Mr. Tisei and I could not disagree more on the future of Medicare. He supports a plan to privatize it and end it. I believe that seniors who have worked hard deserve a secure retirement and affordable health care. This is a sacred commitment. I have supported a plan that strengthens Medicare and lengthens the life of the program by getting rid of subsidies to private insurance companies so there is more money for seniors’ benefits in years to come. AARP supported the same plan I did because it protects and strengthens Medicare. AARP opposes the Republican plan that Mr. Tisei defended in his op-ed last week.

The bottom line is that is not fair to rob today’s seniors or future generations of a secure retirement. I believe that it’s just plain wrong. But that is what Mr. Tisei’s plan does, and AARP, the Congressional Budget Office, the Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare, and editorial boards all across the country agree.

I want you to know that I will continue to fight hard to preserve Medicare, so that it can continue to provide quality care for seniors. My opponent wants to end this successful program and shift the burden to seniors, plain and simple.

Together, I know that we can continue to improve this critical program, so that seniors can have the peace of mind and security in retirement that they have earned.

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August 31, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Tierney Pledges Commitment To Protect Medicare While Tisei Skips First Debate

Lynn, MA—Tonight, Congressman John Tierney participated in the first debate of the 2012 campaign, hosted by the non-partisan organization Mass Senior Action Council (MASC), which has hosted past debates with Democrats and Republicans. Congressman Tierney and Libertarian candidate Daniel Fishman discussed the issues of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Richard Tisei decided not to participate in the first scheduled debate of the 2012 campaign, which was focused on issues of special concern to seniors.

 

“I am committed to protecting Medicare and Social Security,” Congressman John Tierney told the audience.  “There is a lot at stake in this election, especially for seniors. My opponents and I have very different views on the future of these critical programs. I will continue to fight against right-wing efforts to end Medicare, and continue my efforts to strengthen Medicare and Social Security for seniors and future generations.”

For Immediate Release

August 30th, 2012

 

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

Tierney Pledges Commitment To Protect Medicare While Tisei Skips First Debate

Tierney lays out the stark differences between him and his opponents

 

Lynn, MA—Tonight, Congressman John Tierney participated in the first debate of the 2012 campaign, hosted by the non-partisan organization Mass Senior Action Council (MASC), which has hosted past debates with Democrats and Republicans. Congressman Tierney and Libertarian candidate Daniel Fishman discussed the issues of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Richard Tisei decided not to participate in the first scheduled debate of the 2012 campaign, which was focused on issues of special concern to seniors.

 

“I am committed to protecting Medicare and Social Security,” Congressman John Tierney told the audience.  “There is a lot at stake in this election, especially for seniors. My opponents and I have very different views on the future of these critical programs. I will continue to fight against right-wing efforts to end Medicare, and continue my efforts to strengthen Medicare and Social Security for seniors and future generations.”

 

Tierney criticized his Republican opponent Richard Tisei for supporting the Paul Ryan Budget proposal that will dismantle Medicare. Tierney pointed out that Tisei and a Republican Congress would continue working to pass the Ryan plan that ends Medicare and replaces it with a private voucher system, and that on top of that, Tisei also has said he supports the Simpson-Bowles plan that will cause a 30% cut in Social Security benefits. Tierney drew a stark contrast between his views and the extreme agenda of the right-wing Republicans in Congress.

 

Tierney told those in attendance that, “Seniors cannot afford the Tisei-Ryan proposal to end Medicare. It’s just not right to force seniors to pay more. Americans deserve a secure retirement and I will continue to fight to make sure the middle-class can retire with dignity.”

 

Congressman Tierney demonstrated that Tisei’s recent statements about Medicare have been widely debunked by non-partisan fact checking sources, including PolitiFact which called the claims that Tisei made a “pants on fire” lie. Tierney credited Mr. Fishman for participating in tonight’s debate, and pointed out that Tisei appears to be running from participating in debates organized by nonpartisan groups of seniors and women.

 

Richard Tisei has told the Lowell Sun that he will not participate in a debate hosted by the non-partisan, League of Women Voters. Both Tierney and Fishman have agreed to attend, and hope that Tisei will join them for that event.

 

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August 30, 2012

Tisei's Last Chance To Denounce Paul Ryan’s Dangerous Agenda

Peabody, MA – Last night, Richard Tisei’s main supporter and ideological leader, Paul Ryan, formally accepted the Republican nomination for Vice President and reaffirmed his commitment to end Medicare and outlaw abortion. Paul Ryan’s Young Gun super PAC has been supporting Tisei since the beginning of the 2012 campaign and starting next week, Ryan’s group will begin airing $900,000 in negative ads attacking Congressman Tierney.

 

Tierney’s campaign is calling on Richard Tisei to refuse the $900,000 in support from Paul Ryan’s super PAC.  Earlier this year, Tisei told the Lynn Item that he would only take PAC support from groups that he ideologically agrees with. This therefore represents his last chance to reject Ryan’s right-wing ideology. Earlier this year, clearly in anticipation of getting this kind of right-wing support, Tisei rejected an offer to ban all outside groups from the 6th District race.

For Immediate Release
August 30th, 2012

 

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

 

Tisei’s Last Chance To Denounce Paul Ryan’s Dangerous Agenda

Just 8 days until Ryan’s Young Guns officially own Tisei—$900,000 check is on the way

 

Peabody, MA – Last night, Richard Tisei’s main supporter and ideological leader, Paul Ryan, formally accepted the Republican nomination for Vice President and reaffirmed his commitment to end Medicare and outlaw abortion. Paul Ryan’s Young Gun super PAC has been supporting Tisei since the beginning of the 2012 campaign and starting next week, Ryan’s group will begin airing $900,000 in negative ads attacking Congressman Tierney.

 

Tierney’s campaign is calling on Richard Tisei to refuse the $900,000 in support from Paul Ryan’s super PAC.  Earlier this year, Tisei told the Lynn Item that he would only take PAC support from groups that he ideologically agrees with. This therefore represents his last chance to reject Ryan’s right-wing ideology. Earlier this year, clearly in anticipation of getting this kind of right-wing support, Tisei rejected an offer to ban all outside groups from the 6th District race.

 

"Now is Richard Tisei's chance to show that his claims of independence are more than just a slogan. Unless he signs the People’s Pledge to disavow Super PAC money, or will agree to keep shady undisclosed special interest money out of this race, he is confirming his allegiance to the Young Gun agenda of cutting even more taxes for wealthy individuals and corporations, ending Medicare, slashing education, and marching backwards on women's health issues," said Tierney spokesperson Grant Herring.

 

Herring added, “It is simply not believable that Mr. Tisei would push back on their extreme agenda if elected since he can't even separate from them in this campaign. Instead, he is essentially dependent on their support for money and for policy direction. People in the Sixth District do not want a Congressman bought and paid for by the most extreme elements of the Republican Party —the most conservative collection in over 100 years. And they certainly do not want their representative to empower the Tea Party agenda. National Republicans have made it clear they want Richard Tisei as their foot soldier in their ideological march and because they know he could be counted on as a loyal vote to position them to drive their agenda, and that he would support it as well."

 

The Young Gun ad buy is set to begin on September 7th. One pair of Congressional historians, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, note that the Young Guns —Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy and their recruits like Richard Tisei —plan to recruit "highly ideological and uncompromising conservative candidates" and "provide them with money and technical support."

 

John Tierney is still willing to sign the People’s Pledge, the groundbreaking agreement that bars outside money in this campaign, which was the same pledge signed by Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. Tierney’s offer to sign the pledge was spurned by Tisei earlier this summer. 

 

 

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August 29, 2012

Tierney, Fishman will participate in tomorrow’s forum, Tisei ducks seniors

Lynn, MA—Tomorrow, Congressman John Tierney will be joined by Libertarian candidate Daniel Fishman at a forum to discuss Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid hosted by Mass Senior Action Council (MASC). The forum will take place tomorrow, Thursday, August 30th at 6:30PM at the Lynn Housing Authority Building. MASC is a non-partisan organization dedicated to advocacy for seniors and social justice for all.

 

Richard Tisei has declined to participate in tomorrow’s event.  On the day after Paul Ryan becomes the Republican Party’s Vice-Presidential nominee, Tisei will avoid explaining his support for the Paul Ryan Republican budget plan to end Medicare and the false, misleading claims he has made in an op-ed defending the Republican plan. Tisei will, however, be accepting $894,000 in television ads from Paul Ryan’s PAC starting one week to the day after this forum. 

 

Confirmed Participants: John Tierney (D) and Daniel Fishman (Libertarian)

 

When: Thursday, August 30th

             6:30PM – Doors open

             7:00PM – Forum will begin

 

 

Where: Lynn Housing Authority Building, Wall Plaza Community Room

              10 Church Street

              Lynn, MA

 

For Planning Purposes

August 29, 2012

 

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Tierney, Fishman will participate in tomorrow’s forum, Tisei ducks seniors

 

 

Lynn, MA—Tomorrow, Congressman John Tierney will be joined by Libertarian candidate Daniel Fishman at a forum to discuss Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid hosted by Mass Senior Action Council (MASC). The forum will take place tomorrow, Thursday, August 30th at 6:30PM at the Lynn Housing Authority Building. MASC is a non-partisan organization dedicated to advocacy for seniors and social justice for all.

 

Richard Tisei has declined to participate in tomorrow’s event.  On the day after Paul Ryan becomes the Republican Party’s Vice-Presidential nominee, Tisei will avoid explaining his support for the Paul Ryan Republican budget plan to end Medicare and the false, misleading claims he has made in an op-ed defending the Republican plan. Tisei will, however, be accepting $894,000 in television ads from Paul Ryan’s PAC starting one week to the day after this forum. 

 

Confirmed Participants: John Tierney (D) and Daniel Fishman (Libertarian)

 

When: Thursday, August 30th

             6:30PM – Doors open

             7:00PM – Forum will begin

 

 

Where: Lynn Housing Authority Building, Wall Plaza Community Room

              10 Church Street

              Lynn, MA

 

 

Members of the media are strongly encouraged to attend. For further information about the event please contact grant@johntierney.com.

 

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August 28, 2012

AP: Tierney OKs 4 debates, challenges Tisei, Fishman

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Tierney has confirmed that he will participate in four Congressional debates and is challenging his Republican and Libertarian opponents to follow suit.

The Massachusetts Democrat confirmed Monday that he will partake in debates hosted by the Massachusetts Senior Action Council; Salem News and Jewish Journal; MassINC and the Lynn Chamber of Commerce; and League of Women Voters. Tierney urged opponents Republican Richard Tisei and Libertarian Daniel Fishman to participate.

Fishman said he will join in three debates, but has yet to hear about the event hosted by the Salem News and Jewish Journal.

Tisei's campaign didn't respond to requests for comment.

According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, Tierney has over $720,000 cash-on-hand, compared with Tisei's nearly $631,000. Fishman has yet to raise any money.

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Tierney has confirmed that he will participate in four Congressional debates and is challenging his Republican and Libertarian opponents to follow suit.

The Massachusetts Democrat confirmed Monday that he will partake in debates hosted by the Massachusetts Senior Action Council; Salem News and Jewish Journal; MassINC and the Lynn Chamber of Commerce; and League of Women Voters. Tierney urged opponents Republican Richard Tisei and Libertarian Daniel Fishman to participate.

Fishman said he will join in three debates, but has yet to hear about the event hosted by the Salem News and Jewish Journal.

Tisei's campaign didn't respond to requests for comment.

According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, Tierney has over $720,000 cash-on-hand, compared with Tisei's nearly $631,000. Fishman has yet to raise any money.

 

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August 27, 2012

Women Leaders Demand Apology From Tisei

Peabody, MA—Today, the leaders of Women for Tierney called on Richard Tisei to apologize for the offensive comments made by his campaign. Over the weekend, Tisei campaign manager Paul Moore dismissed the issues of abortion rights for rape victims, the very federal definitions of rape, and the weakening of the Violence Against Women Act as “issues that aren't really issues.”

 

The leaders of Women for Tierney have launched a petition to urge Richard Tisei to apologize for the offensive comments.

 

“Abortion rights and the attempts by Republicans to re-define rape are very important issues to women and to all voters across the 6th District. These issues are important, even if Mr. Tisei and his campaign don’t think so.  For Mr. Tisei to try and gloss over them is truly insensitive and offensive — why does he think that these aren’t really issues? The statement made by his campaign proves that women just cannot trust Richard Tisei,” said Women for Tierney leader Regina Villa.

For Immediate Release

August 27, 2012

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

 

 

Women Leaders Demand Apology From Tisei

Women for Tierney launches a petition to call for apology

 

Peabody, MA—Today, the leaders of Women for Tierney called on Richard Tisei to apologize for the offensive comments made by his campaign. Over the weekend, Tisei campaign manager Paul Moore dismissed the issues of abortion rights for rape victims, the very federal definitions of rape, and the weakening of the Violence Against Women Act as “issues that aren't really issues.”

 

The leaders of Women for Tierney have launched a petition to urge Richard Tisei to apologize for the offensive comments.

 

“Abortion rights and the attempts by Republicans to re-define rape are very important issues to women and to all voters across the 6th District. These issues are important, even if Mr. Tisei and his campaign don’t think so.  For Mr. Tisei to try and gloss over them is truly insensitive and offensive — why does he think that these aren’t really issues? The statement made by his campaign proves that women just cannot trust Richard Tisei,” said Women for Tierney leader Regina Villa.

 

Tisei has said that he is “comfortable” in the Republican Party — a party that is set to approve a platform this week making abortion illegal even in cases of rape.  Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan even led 227 Republicans in the House in co-sponsoring the Akin Amendment that mirrored his offensive comments from last week, trying to re-define rape only as “forcible rape” in federal law. And now, Ryan’s own super PAC is set to spend $1 million helping Richard Tisei’s campaign with television ads starting September 7.

 

Villa added, “If Richard Tisei were to win, his first vote in Congress would be to keep in place the same anti-woman majority in Congress. Tisei and his right-wing allies in Congress pose a serious threat to respect for women and women’s health. These issues matter to women, whether Mr. Tisei likes it or not.”

 

While the comments by Tisei’s campaign are shocking and outrageous, they are, sadly, reflective of his views of today’s Washington Republicans. Try as he might, Tisei’s record and ties to the radical right wing are not something that he can just gloss over. The Republican majority in Congress has even opposed pay equity legislation and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Richard Tisei recently came out in support of the idea underlying the Blunt Amendment, which would allow employers to restrict access to birth control for their employees.

 

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August 22, 2012

Tierney Calls On Tisei To Join Him in Attending Forum On Medicare and Social Security

Peabody, MA – Today, John Tierney called on his Republican opponent Richard Tisei to participate in a public forum next week hosted by the Mass Senior Action Council (MSAC), a non-partisan membership organization run by senior citizen activists dedicated to social and economic justice for all. The forum will take place in Lynn and focus on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

 

So far both Democrat John Tierney and Libertarian Daniel Fishman have confirmed their attendance. This will be the first time that the 6th District candidates will have the opportunity to share the same stage and debate issues.

 

For Immediate Release

August 22, 2012

 

 

Contact: Grant Herring

978-531-2533

 

 

Tierney Calls On Tisei To Join Him in Attending Forum On Medicare and Social Security

Tierney and Fishman are confirmed to participate in public forum next week

 

Peabody, MA – Today, John Tierney called on his Republican opponent Richard Tisei to participate in a public forum next week hosted by the Mass Senior Action Council (MSAC), a non-partisan membership organization run by senior citizen activists dedicated to social and economic justice for all. The forum will take place in Lynn and focus on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

 

So far both Democrat John Tierney and Libertarian Daniel Fishman have confirmed their attendance. This will be the first time that the 6th District candidates will have the opportunity to share the same stage and debate issues.

 

“I look forward to sharing my ideas about how to strengthen and protect Social Security and Medicare at next week’s forum. I look forward to this exchange of views on these issues of extreme importance to middle class families in the 6th District. There are real differences between the candidates in this race, and voters deserve to hear from us on these issues,” said Congressman John Tierney

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