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US Chamber of Commerce launches ad backing Richard Tisei

The US Chamber of Commerce, a powerful business group, will Wednesday launch a television ad supporting Republican Richard Tisei, who is running to unseat Democratic US Representative John Tierney.

A spokeswoman for the US Chamber, Blair Latoff Holmes, said in an email that the positive 30-second spot would run for ten days on cable and broadcast television stations and was backed by a “significant” amount of money that “that we believe will move public opinion.”

The ad boosts Tisei, painting him as a independent who would buck the Democrat-versus-Republican dysfunction in the US Capitol.

“In Washington, it’s partisan gridlock,” a female narrator says in the spot. “Richard Tisei wants to change that. Tisei says: Work in a bipartisan manner to fix health care the right way.”


The upbeat ad is set to air on from May 7-16, according to a Democrat and a Republican familiar with the ad’s placement. Both said the spot was backed by about $350,000 in spending on TV.

Tierney, who represents a North Shore-anchored district that stretches from Bedford to Rockport to Salisbury, faces a Democratic primary challenge from Seth Moulton, a former Marine, and Marisa DeFranco, an immigration lawyer.

Politico reported today that the US Chamber was launching television ads in a number of competitive US House districts across the country, including the one Tierney represents.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.