By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher
Being a moderate Democrat, I haven’t always seen eye to eye with Congressman John Tierney. But that was always about the issues. After all, it’s OK for Democrats on all sides of the spectrum to disagree. It’s what makes our party a “big tent” of different ideas.
Seth Moulton’s surge has caused Congressman John Tierney (right) to lie out in recent campaign mail pieces
It’s how I expected Mr. Tierney would approach his battle against challenger and fellow Democrat Seth Moulton, who he faces in Tuesday’s primary for this 6th District seat. Surely, our Congressman would uphold the honor of the office, and respect Moulton, his fellow Dem, by running a hard, mud-free, honest campaign.
Boy, was I wrong.
The latest campaign mailers from the Tierney camp, which landed in my mailbox this week prove that Tierney not only has no interest in debating Moulton only on the issues, but that the Congressman has decided to bring shame and dishonor to his office by lying.
On the heels of a poll by Emerson College this week, showing that Moulton was virtually tied with Tierney after trailing him by 42 percentage points earlier this spring, the Tierney camp put out two reeking-of-desperation mailers that are filled with despicable lies. The two pieces are so bad that I actually feel embarrassed that John Tierney is a fellow Democrat.
Both pieces distort the facts and lie, saying that Seth Moulton is being backed through the donations of right wing special interests groups, that he worked for prominent “Republican politicians in Texas,” and once said “he wouldn’t run for Congress as a Democrat.”
But fellow 6th District Democrats, we have a problem …
Tierney Lie No. 1: The “right wing donors” that Tierney claims are “bankrolling” Moulton’s campaign is one right-leaning PAC from New Hampshire that last year sent Moulton an unsolicited check for $1,000. What Tierney’s piece doesn’t tell you is that Moulton immediately returned the donation, once learning that this PAC usually only donates to Republicans. But even if he didn’t return the check, saying that $1,000 is “bankrolling” a campaign that has raised more than a million dollars is quite a whopper of an exaggeration.
Tierney Lie No. 2: The “Republican politicians” the Congressman says Moulton “worked for” was actually just one man, and it had nothing to do with politics. A few years ago, Moulton got a job working for a private-sector high-speed railway, whose chief exec just happened to be a retired judge, who is a registered Republican.
Tierney Lie No. 3: Tierney tries to insinuate that Seth Moulton is a Republican in disguise. Moulton is a life-long Democrat, who once he decided to run for Congress, never left any doubt that he would run as a Dem. From Day 1, his issues all fell in line with the mainstream, mainly progressive Democratic Party platform.
These lies are all despicable, and Mr. Tierney should be ashamed of his behavior.