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Tierney Rebuts Criticism, Alleges In-Laws 'Trying to Blame Anyone but Themselves'

Incumbent Congressman John Tierney defends his wife and denies any ethical lapses on Tuesday in response to media reports that his brothers-in-law, the Eremian brothers, say he knew of illegal activities.

U.S. Rep. John Tierney said on Wednesday that his two brothers-in-laws are "trying to blame anyone but themselves" with . He also suggested that an angry and bitter Daniel and Robert Eremian lashed out because "their brother-in-law in Congress didn't make this go away for them."

Local media spent about 45 minutes asking Tierney about the two brothers of his wife, Patrice, during a press conference at the . Last week, and made news when he claimed that Tierney had known about the family's illicit business pursuits. The brothers indicated that Tierney allowed his wife to plead guilty because he was concerned about a House Ethics Committee investigation. However, Tierney said at the press conference on Tuesday that he had never been concerned about such an investigation, and insisted that he had kept himself out of his .

"There was no good scenario for my professional life one way or the other here," said Tierney.

Tierney, a Democrat from Salem, is versus Republican Richard Tisei of Wakefield.

Daniel's brother, Robert, has remained in Antigua for about the past decade to avoid U.S. gambling charges, and he added to the story by vouching for Daniel's claims in a separate Boston Globe interview. On top of that, for filing false tax returns and other charges connected to her brother's enterprise.

"It was only after the sentence that Daniel's anger turned to innuendo," said Tierney. The eight-term Democrat declared that "I'm telling the truth, I've always told the truth," and expressed confidence that the district's voters would support him because "I do a good job, I share their values, I fight for them, and I work for them."

Tierney worked to defend his wife from the media spotlight, and maintained that the entire media spectacle is largely the work of two malicious brothers-in-law.

"This is weighing very heavily on her," said Tierney, adding that it would be even more painful for her if he was to walk away from politics as a result of his critics. "My in-laws happen to be quite a bit different than most people's in-laws," he told a reporter at another point.

Tierney Highlights Wife's Aid To Family Members

He also described how Patrice had helped care for the Eremians' teenage children after their father had run afoul of the law, presenting an image of an extremely dysfunctional and self-destructive family environment.

Eremian later started providing some money to help pay any related bills, explained Tierney, saying that he never received any money from his brother-in-law. Eremian may have also on a couple of occasions paid his sister's car lease bill, and Tierney also rejected reports that his wife had received about $220,000 from her brother, saying that the amount was closer to $12,000, spread out over years. Tierney also noted that these gifts would have been non-taxable based on their amounts. "It's a smaller amount than that, and that amount's over a period of time."

The Congressman said that one reason he and Patrice did not believe Robert Eremian was running an illegal gambling operation was that the brother-in-law was paying a considerable amount in taxes at the time. Tierney also said he and his wife had not suspected Ermenian of illegal activity when they visited him because he was already subject to a court order from a previous case.

A Heavily Partisan Re-Election Race

Tierney also cast his re-election campaign as a broader battle against a far-right agenda being promoted by congressional Republicans, and he said that Republican opponent Richard Tisei is simply looking to capitalize on the current matter for political gain.

"Still, despite that, my political opponents have tried to make wild accusations at me and at Patrice at every opportunity," said Tierney, "And I know that my brothers-in-law, who harbor anger and bitterness, will continue to try to attack both of us."

For its part, Tisei's campaign released a pre-emptive strike to the media shortly before Tierney took the podium in Salem.

"A very pertinent question for the Congressman today is 'why now.'" said Tisei in a Wednesday afternoon statement. "Would he even be holding this press conference if he wasn't facing battle for re-election?  Sorry to say this, but I doubt it very much... This press conference should have been held long ago. These are serious issues."

Bob Gray July 04, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Methinks thou dost protest too much!!!
Joseph Palermino July 04, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Fool us once, shame on Tierney......fool us twice, shame on us!
Anne Sweeney July 05, 2012 at 06:35 AM
@Bob Gray, "He who is without sin, cast the first stone". @Joseph Palermino, One can divorce a spouse, but can one divorce their family ? I doubt anyone on this thread or even Richard Tisei is perfect. John Tierney has done a great job representing the 6th Congressional District in my opinion and others within the district.
Bill July 05, 2012 at 01:54 PM
There is a difference between being perfect and harboring and aiding a felon. People keep making apologies for this guy just because he has a D after his name. Shameful. I am sure there are better choices to represent us in Congress regardless of party.
Anne Sweeney July 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Bill, I am only concerned with John Tierneys honesty and transparency within the sixth district and what he has brought to the table. Jobs, Job development, helping seniors and making a difference over others who just want the the title but cannot work the position to the constituents benefit. I have many republican friends in Hamilton who are supporting and voting for John Tierney. Dragging a candidates personal issues, when the whole story is not known is like convicting someone without due diligence. Throwing stones is just that, throwing stones and the voting public will see through this. Voting for just any alternative just on the basis that they are an alternative or of a different party does not earn a vote.
Concerned July 05, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Vote for Tisei. It's time for a change and Tisei is a change in the right direction. It's frustrating watching an listening to the Dems justifiy their actions when if the tables were turned there would be a whipping post set up.
Hamiltonite July 05, 2012 at 08:57 PM
What's the spread on this race? The Vegas line? Odds on the street? The over & under? My money's on...
Anne Sweeney July 06, 2012 at 04:17 AM
It's time for a change ? How many times has that line been worn out ? It's time for term limits ? It's time for a revolution ? It's time for something new ? It's always time for something other than what's in place. Your town manager in Hamilton does not even know how to be on the same page as those who helped appoint him relative to his oversight in changing the existing Town Consul. If anything, Hamilton should have had an election in lieu of appointing one. Especially by the same ole Hamiltonian status quo. You would think, we learn from past mistakes ? Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same, especially in Hamilton.
Robert Foringer July 06, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Agree Anne! Good post
Bill July 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM
12 years and no bills passed, so I'd like to know about the jobs. Anyway, the odds are great that the Republicans will hold the House and very likely take the Senate. Wouldn't we want someone in the majority who can help us? No one, and I mean NO ONE will give Tierney the time of day in DC. He is damaged good. 12 years is long enough, they are not lifetime appointments, You can chose to ignore someone's personal integrity and just focus on how he has delivered for his contributors. I think character matters and in that case he fails on many counts. I am tired of the arrogance and corruption that comes with living in a one party state.

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