US Representative John F. Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei jammed highly charged personal attacks and substantive policy disagreements into 23 packed television minutes Thursday night. In their first three meetings, Tierney and Tisei almost entirely avoided the issue that has shrouded the race and dominated much of the advertising -- what, if anything, Tierney knew about the illegal gambling ring run by his wife’s brothers -- but moderator Jim Braude made it the first discussion topic on his NECN show.
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