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November 5, 2012

Tierney, Tisei endorsements both surprising, expected

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Democratic President Barack Obama, for instance, doesn’t get much of a boost when former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gives him her endorsement. However, when Republican star, New Jersey Republican Chris Christie, praised Obama recently for his swift and decisive action in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it might very well have carried a lot of weight with independents.

In the 6th District, most of the endorsements have been of the expected variety. When U.S. Congressman Barney Frank — the most prominent gay member of Congress — endorsed Tierney, it was interesting, considering that Tisei is poised to possibly be the first openly gay Republican non-incumbent elected to Congress. But no one really thought that Frank, a staunch Democratic partisan, was going to endorse a Republican.

There is one endorsement that fits the bill of unexpected and may sway some on-the-fence voters, Brown said.

“It is surprising that The Boston Globe endorsed Tisei,” he said. “If the Boston Globe, that liberal leftist paper according to the mainstream media, comes out for a Republican, especially when Tierney is running ads comparing Tisei to Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, that is a gigantic (endorsement).”

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