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Tierney, Tisei keep it civil in first debate

Incumbent’s in-laws’ gambling ring not an issue

LYNN — US Representative John F. Tierney and his Republican challenger, Richard R. Tisei, sparred Thursday over taxes and Washington gridlock in a surprisingly civil debate that was notable for what was never mentioned: how much Tierney might have known about the illegal gambling ring that was run by his wife’s brothers.

Controversy surrounding the gambling ring has made the race one of the most competitive and bitter in Massachusetts. A Republican political action committee that backs Tisei is running ads demanding that Tierney, an eight-term Salem Democrat, “man up and tell the truth — the whole truth,” about the gambling business.

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