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October 10, 2012

Tierney, Tisei camps spar over Boehner fundraiser

BOSTON — A Boston fundraiser for congressional candidate Richard Tisei with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner gave Massachusetts Democrats an opening yesterday to tie the Wakefield Republican with the national GOP agenda.

“Clearly, Speaker Boehner is not happy with the representation the voters of the 6th District (are) getting, because John Tierney is voting against the tea party-Boehner agenda,” Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said outside the downtown fundraiser at One Federal Street. “What is true is that he’s found someone in Richard Tisei who’s going to support him, because, why else would he be here?”

Stopping outside to speak with reporters before the fundraiser began, Tisei dismissed Walsh’s claim that he had been “handpicked” by Boehner, and said the allegations about his agenda matching up with other Republicans is a sign of how Tierney’s campaign has “imploded.”

“It’s just nonsense. Anybody who knows me knows I’m my own person. You know, I have a 26-year record in the Legislature. I have to be, in the entire United States, the only candidate who’s in favor of gay marriage, who’s pro-choice, who wouldn’t sign the Norquist tax pledge being called a tea party extremist,” Tisei said. “It’s just laughable, and I think it says more about John Tierney’s character than anything else.”

Tierney was not present outside the fundraiser. Boehner, who campaigned for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Derry, N.H., on Monday, was unavailable to stop for questions en route from the fundraiser to the airport, his security detail told the State House News Service.

As the fundraiser began, Democrats had a clutch of supporters beside the doorway to One Federal Street while a slightly larger group of Tisei supporters stood on the other side of the doors.

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