And he’s got a danged compelling argument.
Roll Call probably should have expanded John Tierney’s money/campaign woes into its own post, but the details are still tantalizing: The Massachusetts Democrat has less money in the bank and has raised less money in the last three quarters than has GOP challenger Richard Tisei. The reason why Tierney is floundering, of course, is because the embattled Congressman has a bit of an in-law problem. As in, they keep getting convicted of felonies… and they keep insisting that Tierney was involved in said felonies, too. This has had an… effect on the race, in much the same way that ignoring the engine light going off can have an effect on your car’s performance; it’s going to get expensive eventually, but you just don’t know when.
Still, judging how this is going is complicated. On the one hand, I think that Cook is being too generous to Tierney calling this one Lean Democratic, but then the polling is kind of sparse, and old. On the other hand, local Democrats are trying to even now recruit an ‘independent’ (the deadline for getting into the Democratic primary has passed). And, on the gripping hand, as Roll Call also noted the DCCC is doubling down: “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC have reserved a combined $5.6 million in ad time in the Boston market. The market includes Tierney’s district but also covers two competitive races in New Hampshire.” (more…)
John Tierney wants people to know that none of it is his fault. With ‘it’ being a wide-ranging noun:
- It’s not Tierney’s fault that his wife is under house arrest for her role in an illegal gambling racket.
- It’s not Tierney’s fault that said gambling racket apparently features a non-trivial percentage of his in-laws.
- It’s not Tierney’s fault that one brother-in-law is in federal custody right now, and yet another is a fugitive from justice.
- And it is totally, completely, unquestionably not Tierney’s fault that both brothers-in-law are fingering the Congressman as being in on said gambling racket, all the way up to his eyeballs.
It’s bad enough when Democratic politicians commit tax fraud on their own: now they’re having it show up among family members. What is this, contagious or something? Maybe we should make them start wearing face masks. Or biohazard suits.
The executive summary of this story is that Tierney’s wife is going to plead guilty to “four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns by her brother.” She’s apparently gone with a plea bargain – because not being able to use one’s status as the wife of a seven-term Congressman to get probation for your tax cheating requires skill – and, of course, none of this is her fault, according to her husband. I suppose that it would be a bit unfair of me to expect him to say anything else. Still, these two sentences kind of jump out at one:
He said that she agreed to pay her brother’s personal obligations, some family obligations, and tax payments from an account he funded.
Tierney said Eremian’s taxes were paid to the government, and the mistake Patrice Tierney made was listing his earnings as ”commissions” rather than ”illegal gambling.”
As one of my colleagues noted last night, that sort of gives the whole game away right there. I’m not exactly sure which obscure Treasury official came up with the idea of making it an additional crime not to declare your illegal income to the IRS, but darned if that little wrinkle hasn’t put its share and more of bad people behind bars.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: Bill Hudak for MA-06. His immediate family’s not in court for tax fraud today.
Man, Massachusetts campaign slogans are as easy to write as Illinois ones are.