When pundits saw Richard Tisei on the verge of knocking US Representative John Tierney from Congress, union members working the phone banks noticed something different. As they started making calls to affiliates across the North Shore, they recorded a roughly 3 to 1 edge for Tierney, no surprise given his long alliance with labor. But as the election neared, Tierney’s union edge widened to 5 to 1, with members taking personally the blizzard of ads attacking Tierney’s credibility — helping to key what many saw as Tierney’s surprise victory.
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