Boston Herald: It takes a rare kind of courage in this state to take on an entrenched Democratic incumbent. It shouldn’t, but it does.
So maybe it does take a former Marine like Seth Moulton who completed four tours of duty in Iraq in five years to go up against the utterly reprehensible John Tierney, who long ago overstayed his welcome in Congress.
In Moulton, Democratic voters in the 6th District would actually have a congressional candidate they could be proud to support.
Moulton, a native of Marblehead and resident of Salem, grew up on the North Shore and knows its issues and its problems well — from the regulatory system that fails at every level to meet the needs of its fishing industry to the very different but nonetheless challenging needs of a city like Lynn.
“I look at what [the late U.S. Sen.] Paul Tsongas was able to do for Lowell,” he said during an interview at the Herald. “We need to do that for Lynn.”
Moulton is a well-honed blend of the kind of smarts you pick up at Harvard (he has a bachelor’s, an MPA and an MBA from there) and the kind you acquire on the battlefield at Najaf. Add in a stint as managing director of the Texas Central Railway during the planning stages of a high-speed rail link between Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston and you have a candidate with a range of experience difficult to duplicate.
On immigration — he does support a path to citizenship for those here illegally — he learned first hand how “impossible” the bureaucracy was as he worked to get his interpreter out of Iraq to safety here.
“There are still people I’m helping to get out of Iraq,” he added. “They’re the real heroes.”
That too speaks to his character and character is what this race is all about.
Tierney continues to run his stealth campaign and we continue to be amazed that anyone would vote for him when there exists in Seth Moulton a smart, fresh-faced alternative.
Read the original endorsement here.