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Tierney, Tisei debate gets feisty, personal

1 called misleading, the other, shameless

NEWTON — In their feistiest debate yet, US Representative John F. Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei jammed highly charged personal attacks and substantive policy disagreements into 23 television minutes Thursday night.

In their first three meetings, the candidates almost entirely avoided the issue that has shrouded the race — what, if anything, Tierney knew about the illegal gambling ring run by his wife’s brothers — but moderator Jim Braude made it the first topic on his NECN show. Tisei immediately accused Tierney of dining on the island of Antigua at the home of a fugitive, although technically, the dinner occurred a year before Tierney’s brother-in-law was indicted on 442 counts.

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