House Rematch in Massachusetts?
October 28th, 2013
10:51 AM ET
10 months ago

House Rematch in Massachusetts?

(CNN) - The Massachusetts Republican state Senator who narrowly lost his bid last year to unseat Democratic Rep. John Tierney is planning another go at the state's sixth Congressional District.

In a statement, former state Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei announced Monday that he had filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to form an exploratory committee. It is the first step in preparation for a possible 2014 rematch for Tierney's seat in the U.S. House.

"We need more responsible Republicans and fewer divisive Democrats in Washington who are willing to stop the name calling, put party aside, and begin to seriously work together to do what is right for America," Tisei said in the statement, blasting "the hyper-partisanship exhibited by both parties on a daily basis."

Tisei is well positioned for a midterm House bid. In 2012, the 26-year veteran of the state legislature lost to scandal-plagued Tierney by 3,600 votes out of over 350,000 cast, according to unofficial results.

Last month a congressional ethics panel decided not to investigate allegations that Tierney failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars of his wife's income.

If Tisei manages to beat out the nine-term Tierney, he would become the first Republican to win a congressional seat in Massachusetts since 1994.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. GonzoinHouston

    The Democrats need to primary Tierney. It's better than standing with a blatant crook or losing to the Republicans.

    October 28, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. cumulus

    Primary please.

    October 28, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "We need more responsible Republicans and fewer divisive Democrats in Washington who are willing to stop the name calling, put party aside, and begin to seriously work together to do what is right for America," Tisei said, ...... .....
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    The above statement is a textbook example of projection, which means to project your own flaws onto your opponent. It is critical that you project your bad actions onto your opponent before your opponent brings them into the conversation. By doing so, you can take most if not all of the sting out of your opponents criticism by feigning indignation, and pretending your opponent is simply saying it because you had said. It puts your opponent on the defensive if they try to make the accusation against you.

    In politics, if you are on the defensive, then you are losing the argument.

    October 28, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    ""We need more responsible Republicans and fewer divisive Democrats in Washington who are willing to stop the name calling, put party aside, and begin to seriously work together to do what is right for America," Tisei said in the statement..."

    See how that works folks.... Republicans = responsible.
    Democrats = divisive, name calling, partisan. not serious about working together.
    Isn't he exhibitting his divisiveness in the same sentence where he is condemning others (Dems)?

    Maybe that is why: "If Tisei manages to beat out the nine-term Tierney, he would become the first Republican to win a congressional seat in Massachusetts since 1994."

    Voters from Massachusetts are apparently very intelligent.

    October 28, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That is like "mission impossible". The Dem socialists are in total control of the state. It is basically a political dictatorship there.

    October 28, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Ever notice that the pubs call democrats divisive, then attack women's rights, senior's social security and Medicare, students, minorities, workers, veterans, the poor, the uninsured, all in the name of bringing baggers together?

    October 28, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    The republican Taliban and al Qaeda wannabes will spend untold Koch millions to buy another house rep.

    October 28, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    That is like "mission impossible". The Dem socialists are in total control of the state. It is basically a political dictatorship there.
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    What do you call states like North Carolina, Texas, and the dozen or more others that have an ultra-conservative, Republican governer and an ultra-conservativem Republican legislature? The Real America?

    October 28, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    Ever notice that the pubs call democrats divisive, then attack women's rights, senior's social security and Medicare, students, minorities, workers, veterans, the poor, the uninsured, all in the name of bringing baggers together?
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    Ever notice that Tea Partiers call Democrats divisive just before they point their fingers and say, "He's not one of us!"?

    October 28, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. T-Thaddeus

    Do you ever notice when there is bad news, the word "Republican" is mentioned frequently. You might get used to saying,

    "The weather looks Republican, you better be extra careful when driving".

    "I had a Republican day at work today"!

    "I am feeling Republican, I better schedule an appointment to see a doctor".

    Lets just face the facts, REPUBLICAN­S HAVE BECOME A LIABILITY.
    20 billion in tax breaks for oil companies, $1 billion in siphoned funds for earmarks, tax breaks for the rich. None of these are on the table, so McConnell has proven what anyone not brainwashed by Fox News knows... the Republicans are a bunch of liars.This reminds me of the Republican bankers who ran the banks into the ground, screaming for deregulation from the government the entire time, then when the stakes were down had their hands out for a bail out. Republicans = SHAMELESS HYPOCRITES!

    Ask this simple question. who do you support, the USA or the GOP....?

    When it comes time to vote, you will know what to do!

    October 28, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. smith

    All politicians (both dems and repubs) are in the pocket of special interest groups. The repubs have the koch bros. and the dems have soros and hollywood.

    October 28, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. TomInRochNY

    "We need more responsible Republicans and fewer divisive Democrats in Washington who are willing to stop the name calling . . "

    That says it all right there. I wonder if he realizes he's a hypocrite?

    October 28, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "..........the Dem socialists are in total control of the state. It is basically a political dictatorship there."
    --
    Kinda like the Teas are in control in Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, etc ????
    Think I will stick with the Dems. You and Cruz have convinced me of that.

    October 28, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Do you ever notice when there is bad news, the word "Republican" is mentioned frequently. You might get used to saying
    -------------------------------------------------
    LOOOVED it!

    Here's another one, to no one in particular:
    "You're like a Republican in my arse"....oh but wait, that's too obvious!
    Lol!

    October 28, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Donna

    It is right out of the leftist play book. If you can't win the debate on the facts, you resort to attacking your enemy/opponent, lying, smearing, anything to deflect from actual facts or reality in order to confuse low information and ignorant voters. And when the left wing owns the MSM in this country, it makes it very easy to distribute the lefitst lies and smears.

    October 28, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    The states like ultra-conservative Republican states like NC are worst than Third world now, just know this,. NC is thinking to democratic state now, repenting.

    October 28, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. anonymous

    In 2012, the 26-year veteran of the state legislature lost to scandal-plagued Tierney by 3,600 votes out of over 350,000 cast, according to unofficial results.
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    only 3,600 votes huh? well within the margins of the democrats ability to use their election fraud machine to get dead people and illegals to the polls to vote. and then there are the people that vote multiple times in different towns. this is why we need voter id laws in this country.

    October 28, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Gurgyl

    The states like ultra-conservative Republican states like NC are worst than Third world now, just know this,. NC is thinking to democratic state now, repenting.
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    I'll gurgyl to that. More and mover voters in NC are having buyers' remorse.

    October 28, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |