Democratic Congressman John Tierney will have his hands full facing former state senator Richard Tisei, the liberal republican who is running against the congressman who represents Lynn.
Tisei, who has been out of the senate for two years, spent two decades in the senate. He was a very popular and active senator. Recently, he ran as Charlie Baker’s running mate in their abortive attempt to capture the governor’s office.
In the upcoming election, Tierney is going to be tested by Tisei in ways he was not tested by the candidacy of Bill Hudak, who was roundly beaten by Tierney.
Tisei is not radical Republican or even a Tea Party Republican.
Tisei is his own man when it comes to issues.
He is a good speaker who knows the issues and he is certain to put Tierney to a test.
Tisei is self-effacing and humble. He’s bright and articulate. He is warm in person and altogether likeable and charming.
He knows Tierney represents a very strong challenge but he believes he will be the winner when all the votes are counted in November.
Tierney has the advantage of the presidential election and the expected voter swell for Democrats and cross overs who will likely vote for the Democratic ticket led by President Obama.
He will also have a money advantage, although Tisei said he will raise $2 million to spend on the election effort.
Tisei is a sincere, earnest, hard driving kind of man. He will take his campaign to the entire district and wherever he goes, he will make an impact without turning off voters the way Hudak did.
Tisei has real drive and common sense political thinking.
Tierney’s campaign will be troubled by that.
Incumbent congressmen quite often feel they cannot be beaten.
Against Hudak, this was the case with Tierney.
Tisei, however, is not Hudak.
This election contest will find Congressman Tierney having to hustle to keep his seat.
When all is said and done with this race in November, the seat will belong to the man who wanted it the most, who worked the hardest and who worked the smartest.
Tisei has an edge in both of these categories but this won’t guarantee him a victory.
Winning is all about chance and fate mixing with everything else that must be brought to the table.
Hudak never had a chance but Tisei does.
He knows how to run a campaign and he knows the North Shore and will have a far greater appeal than Hudak.
For Congressman Tierney, these are days to plot out a strategy to withstand the effects of a real campaign by someone who knows what he’s doing and who wants his seat very badly.
For Congressman Tierney, this upcoming campaign could produce his most satisfying victory or a devastating defeat.
The same goes for his able opponent Richard Tisei.