Boston Globe Ad: Seth Moulton Dodging Debates

October 31, 2018

Rising Democratic star Seth Moulton has been criss-crossing the country endorsing veterans for House seats, while double-crossing his Massachusetts constituents by refusing to debate his Sixth District challenger.

At least that’s the premise of Joe Schneider’s full-page ad in yesterday’s Boston Globe.



Drive-Moulton-nuts graf


That’s a legit question.

Four years ago Moulton called out incumbent John Tierney for refusing to debate him in the 2014 Democratic primary.

Now he’s the incumbent ducking debates.

Let’s see if Moulton has a legit answer before November 6th.

Boston Herald: John Tierney’s Amazing Disgrace

November 8, 2012

Yesterday it was Herald columnist Holly Robichaud telling Bay State voters what a disgrace they were for dustbinning Scott Brown (R-Cuppa Coffee) and electing Elizabeth Warren to the U.S. Senate.

Today it’s the Herald editors yelling at Bay State voters for re-electing John Tierney (D-Jackpot) in the 6th Congressional district.

A disgrace to Dems

The re-election of Rep. John Tierney to his 6th District congressional seat is both bewildering and quite frankly shameful.

Sure, this newspaper endorsed Republicans for president and for the Senate, but like good Americans everywhere we know that at their core Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren are decent people, dedicated to their jobs, to their country and to their constituents. Their philosophy of governing may be very different from our own, but, hey, that’s what makes democracy great. People disagree, Democrats continue to dominate this state.

We get that.

But are Democrats really so fearful of losing one seat in the U.S. House, that they are willing to hold their noses and vote for the ethically challenged Mr. Tierney? Well, we got our answer to that late Tuesday night.

Yes we did. And the Boston Globe editors are downright cheerful about the results. From today’s edition:

John Tierney’s victory shows voters put a premium on concrete achievements

John Tierney, the eight-term congressman from the North Shore, survived his toughest challenge by far, beating a talented moderate Republican, Richard Tisei. After struggling to explain an offshore gambling scandal involving his wife and in-laws, Tierney clearly was vulnerable. His 1-point win can be ascribed to many factors — from the big Democratic turnout for President Obama to the presence of a third-party candidate who siphoned critical votes from Tisei. But also crucial were the accomplishments in Tierney’s record, including his work on important student-loan legislation and his significant contributions to the Affordable Care Act. If there’s a lesson in Tierney’s victory, it shouldn’t be that Democrats always win. It should be that Massachusetts voters will reward their representatives for concrete achievements. Tierney should take that lesson to heart as he seeks to put the scandal behind him.

So, to recap: In the Globe’s sunny-side-up opinion, there’s a lesson to be learned by all of us in Tierney’s close shave.

Except, of course, by the Herald.


Slamming/Not Slamming the Mass. Democratic Party Edition

August 11, 2012

Yesterday’s local papers nicely illustrated the yin and yang of the 10th Congressional district election coverage.

From the copyediting challenged Boston Globe:

Democrats launch new attack on Tisei

Website part of new strategy

Democrats on ramped up Wednesday their efforts to turn the tables on Republican Richard R. Tisei, whose challenge to US Representative John F. Tierney has been boosted by the legal troubles of Tierney’s family.

State party officials announced a two-pronged effort to allege that “Tisei personally benefited by at least $30,000 dollars from the sale of a house that was among the assets his parents were alleged in court to be hiding from parties they damaged.”

The allegations — denied by Tisei, a Wakefield realtor who served in the state Senate — were recently reported in the Boston Phoenix.

The Democratic Party put up a website,, and state party chairman John Walsh held a conference call with reporters.

Pretty straightforward, yeah?

Not if you read the Boston Herald, mister.

Front page (via The Newseum):

Joe Battenfeld column:

Mudslinging Dems sink to an all-time low

Smearing someone’s family is about as low as it gets in politics, but Massachusetts Democrats are setting a new standard in sliminess.

The party’s new website targeting Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei claims to show his family’s “web of fraud and deceit,” but all it really shows is how dirty the Democrats are willing to get to win an election.

The joys of living in a two-daily town, yes?


Tierney Jailbirds Edition

July 23, 2012

Here’s a textbook case of the Globe/Herald perpetual-motion seesaw.

From Sunday’s Boston Globe:

Troubles in paradise Rep. Tierney somehow missed 

Review finds congressman had many chances to learn of illegal actions by his wife’s brothers – and by her

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua — To hear US Representative John F. Tierney tell it, there was nothing unusual three years ago when he and his wife traveled to this tiny Caribbean island 300 miles east of Puerto Rico for dinner with his brother-in-law Robert Eremian.

“Dinner at my wife’s brother’s house. I don’t think that people would think that’s extraordinary,” Tierney said at a recent news conference.

But Eremian was no ordinary brother-in-law. A convicted drug smuggler and tax evader, Eremian had been under investigation, under indictment, or on probation for activities related to illegal gambling almost continuously since 1995. And, as the couple ate dinner on the patio of Eremian’s gated home that fall night, Eremian and his sister were in deep trouble.

As in, prosecutors were about to drop a 442-count federal indictment on Eremian and three of his cohorts. But Tierney had no inkling something like that might happen. Even though he clearly should have, according to the Globe report:

[A] Boston Globe review of court records and other publicly available information shows that John Tierney had ample reason to be wary of his brothers-in-law during his 15 years of marriage to their sister and many opportunities over the last decade to learn that their Antigua-based gambling business was illegally targeting American gamblers.

In fact, John Tierney had reason to be suspicious from the day he married Patrice. At that point, Bob Eremian had fled to Antigua to escape federal prosecution for illegal sports book-making, and had recruited one of Patrice’s children, John Chew, to work with him. After a lengthy federal investigation, Bob Eremian pleaded guilty to tax evasion in the gambling case in 2002.

There’s plenty more where that came from. This is a major takeout, the kind of investigative reporting the Globe routinely undertakes.

Not so much over at the Boston Herald. But that doesn’t mean the feisty tabloid brings nothing to the party.

From today’s edition:

Tierney’s in-law fails at try to shave sentence

An ingenious bid by U.S. Rep. John Tierney’s convicted brother-in-law to lengthen his prison stint by a month in order to become eligible for a one-year reduction in his sentence has been rejected by a federal judge.

In June, U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris sentenced Daniel Eremian to 36 months for operating an illegal offshore gambling website that reaped millions from American bettors. Late last week, Saris issued an order denying the 62-year-old Eremian’s request that his sentence be revised to 37 months.

The Herald owns this story – here’s its earlier report on Eremian’s bid. As far as the hardworking staff can tell, the Globe hasn’t had anything on it.

So there you have one template for this two-daily town: The Globe brings resources to bear, the Herald scrambles for scoops. That’s not always the case, but often enough for a sampler.