Democratic congressional challenger Seth Moulton called U.S. Rep. John Tierney “a liability” who’s hurting his party by draining millions of dollars from key battleground political contests around the country.
“Those are resources that are being diverted from races where we might be able to gain back seats in other parts of the country,” Moulton told the Herald yesterday. “Every other member of the Massachusetts delegation raises money and builds support to send elsewhere in the country. But Congressman Tierney takes that from elsewhere. ... Congressman Tierney is really a liability for the party.”
Moulton is trying to appeal to Democrats in the North Shore’s 6th Congressional District by arguing he has a better chance of defeating Republican challenger Richard Tisei in a general election matchup than Tierney, who barely eked out a re-election victory against Tisei two years ago.
So far, Moulton — a Marine and Iraq War veteran — has locked down some big-name backers. Gen. Stanley McChrystal appeared at a campaign event Monday and has hosted two fundraisers netting $70,000. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $2,600, and his daughter, Emma Bloomberg, has contributed $500.
Asked about Tierney’s family gambling woes, Moulton said he won’t bring it up during the campaign. But he did label Tierney “one of the least effective congressmen” in “the least effective Congress in our nation’s history.”
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