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February 9, 2016

Elizabeth Warren Endorses in Targeted Massachusetts Race

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Elizabeth Warren is in demand on the 2014 campaign trail for Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., endorsed Rep. John F. Tierney’s re-election bid at a campaign rally in the Bay State’s 6th District Monday, calling the House Democrat a “tireless champion for Massachusetts families.”

“I had the chance to work closely with Congressman Tierney on consumer protection issues years before I ran for the Senate, and I’m very glad to work as his partner in Congress today,” Warren said in a release. “Throughout his career, he has fought hard to strengthen our schools, to improve access to high-quality, affordable education, and to make the kinds of investments that grow our economy in the 6th District and across the Commonwealth.”

Tierney faces a primary in September against veteran Seth Moulton and attorney Marisa DeFranco. Moulton has raised more money than Tierney — one of only a few challengers to bring in more bucks than an incumbent this cycle — although the congressman has more cash in the bank.

Tierney’s district is also top Republican target in November.

The Democratic nominee will face a rematch with former state Sen. Richard Tisei, who lost to Tierney by a 1-point margin in 2012. President Barack Obama carried the district with 55 percent last cycle.

Operatives blame Tierney’s slim margin on his proximity to a scandal, in which his wife pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns for her brother, who was indicted for running an illegal gambling ring. Tierney was never tied to the scandal, and the House Ethics Committee dropped its investigation into him last year.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is gearing up for a tough November contest. It reserved more than $1.4 million on Boston-Manchester cable and broadcast in the weeks leading up to the November election. However, those reservations could also be used in nearby competitive races in New Hampshire.

Massachusetts’ 6th District is rated a Tilts Democratic contest by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Roberto M

    The stench of Massachusetts political corruption stinks to high heavens and this loon giving John Tierney her endorsement is further proof that Massachusetts remains the political laughing stock of this nation even long after Teddy K and Barney Frank rode into the sunset. I am with Seth Moulton this one!

  • Water Dude

    Adam Smith’s concept of the “invisible hand” of market pricing and free exchange helps explain how civilization’s spontaneous economic forces operate beyond our own personal control.

  • cj01950

    Oh, Sen Warren– very disappointed that you would back yet another 2 years of tyranny with Tierney. This guy is an example of why congress is broken. We keep sending the same tired old shmoes to DC and expect a different result- both parties are guilty. I like Moulton. And if he doesn’t get past Tyranny then I will be forced to vote for Tisei in November.

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