Lyons wept openly as he apologized and begged the judge not to take him away from his daughter.
But Saris said many defendants have children and other loved ones who suffer the consequences when a parent is sent to jail.
Tisei, who has made the legal woes of Tierney’s in-laws a campaign issue, was quick to respond after learning of Eremian’s comments.
“It’s pretty obvious that the congressman hasn’t been honest, and anyone who has reviewed the facts of the case and history has to conclude that either John Tierney is totally blind to what’s going on around him, like Mr. Magoo, or that he turned a blind eye to what’s going on because he was financially benefiting from it over the years,” Tisei said.
“It’s tough to say that you don’t know what’s going on when you’re sitting at the gambling headquarters in Antigua watching sports games on all the TVs. Most people around the district are reasonable enough to know what’s going on.”
Salem News political reporter Jesse Roman contributed to this story.
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