You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Politics

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.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week