SALEM — Since he eked out reelection two years ago with the whiff of a family gambling scandal still trailing him, US Representative John F. Tierney has become Exhibit A in a familiar political cautionary tale: He showed how hard it is to dislodge a Democrat in Massachusetts.
His challenger, Seth Moulton, has heard that one. Still, the first-time candidate is taking on Tierney in the Democratic primary, trying to accomplish what no one in Massachusetts has done in 22 years — unseat an incumbent congressman from his own party.
His eagerness against the odds may be explained by his pedigree. Moulton, 35, has the bulletproof self-confidence of a guy who obtained three degrees at Harvard and survived four deployments in Iraq.
Moulton is a political newcomer whose remarkable resume and knack for networking have bought his freshman bid uncommon credibility. His campaign recently outraised Tierney’s for the third quarter in a row, raking in about $450,000 in the first three months of the year.
A Marine captain, he graduated from four prestigious alma maters — Phillips Academy Andover, Harvard College, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Business School — whose alumni have helped him raise more than $1 million in just nine months. His eclectic mix of high-profile supporters include former presidential adviser and CNN political analyst David Gergen, retired generals David H. Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal; and Hollywood director Marc Webb.
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