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Politics

Tierney, Tisei trade charges in debate

NORTH ANDOVER — Television viewers who have endured even a single commercial break lately could be excused for thinking the bitter contest between US Representative John F. Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei revolves around a single issue: how much, if anything, Tierney knew about the illegal gambling ring run by his wife’s brothers.

Neither said a word about that matter Wednesday night in their third debate, avoiding it just as they had in the first debate, and as they nearly did in the second, when only Tierney brought it up to accuse Tisei of an underhanded attack.

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