Wicked Local: In a wide-ranging debate Thursday at Middlesex Community College, four of five Democrats whose names will appear on the ballot in the 6th District primary on Sept. 9 argued that they are best situated to win in November and change the dysfunctional dynamic in Washington, D.C.
Congressman John Tierney argued that, having turned away the challenge of Republican Richard Tisei two years ago thanks in large part to his organizational and get-out-the-vote efforts, he would be most able to do so again this November. He laid Congress' inability to make progress on any number of issues squarely at the feet of Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans, noting that during his nine terms in Washington, he has also been part of one of the most effective Congress since 1965. The key difference: Democrats were in control.
But challenger Seth Moulton spun Tierney's tough tussle with Tisei — he survived by 4,330 votes — had been counterproductive to the Democrats' cause nationally, diverting resources that might otherwise have been used to help the party regain the control of the House Tierney was arguing was so essential.
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