Tisei and Republicans succeeded in making Tierney’s family’s legal woes a central theme in the campaign and the Salem Democrat has struggled to change the narrative.
Tierney and Democratic groups tried, with limited success, to paint Tisei as a right-wing radical, linking him to Tea Party ideology, despite the fact that Tisei supports legalizing gay marriage, protecting abortion rights and preserving many social programs. Tisei’s liberal stances on social issues have earned him a reputation as a moderate, although his
views swing substantially to the right when it comes to fiscal issues. Tisei wants to maintain tax breaks for the wealthy, repeal Obamacare, is open to restructuring Medicare and other programs and wants to reduce regulations on business.