Politico: 5 House Primaries to Watch

The 2014 primary season won’t get under way in earnest for another half-year or so, but lawmakers are already looking nervously over their shoulders.

Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney

Primary date: Sept. 16, 2014

Hobbled by the scandal surrounding his wife, Tierney barely managed to win reelection in 2012. In 2010, Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty to helping her brother file false tax returns in connection with his operation of an illegal offshore casino.

Republicans excoriated the congressman over his wife, alleging that he was fully aware of her conduct. Tierney ultimately defeated Republican Richard Tisei by fewer than 4,000 votes — or 1 percent of the vote.

Tisei, a former state House minority leader, is likely to run again in 2014. But this time, Tierney will have an added obstacle: a Democratic primary. Seth Moulton, a Harvard-educated former Marine, has launched a campaign to unseat the congressman. He’s signed up veteran Democratic strategist Joe Trippi to help steer his campaign. Also running is Democrat Marisa DeFranco, an attorney who ran unsuccessfully for Senate last year.

How serious a threat Moulton is to Tierney remains to be seen — he began his campaign last month and has yet to report fundraising totals. But his presence in the race further complicates Tierney’s bid for a 10th term. Should the North Shore congressman hold off Moulton, he’ll have to quickly pivot to a general election less than two months later.

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