(Lynnfield, MA) – Any Member of Congress who has seen Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District” segments knows that there is much more to understanding a congressional district than just knowing which towns he represents. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that Congressman Tierney can get that far since he has failed multiple times to accurately list the number of towns in his own district.
For the record: The Sixth District of Massachusetts is comprised of 39 cities and towns plus part of Andover. Congressman Tierney has said twice now that there are only 37. It would be interesting to know where he got his numbers from, and more importantly, to know which towns he is leaving out.
From the Daily News of Newburyport:
“The people in the 37 cities and towns in this district know me and are turned off by it,” Tierney said of the negative ads. (Oct. 29, 2012)
From Tierney’s own website:
Tierney’s campaign website also has the wrong map.
“The historic Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts encompasses much of Essex county and part of Middlesex county, numbering 36 towns and cities in total.” (http://www.johntierney.com/contact/6th_District)
The Tierney map excludes Tewksbury, Billerica, and part of Andover. Not including entire towns in your assessment of your district? If that’s not “out of touch”–what is?
For future reference, the following is a complete list of towns in the Sixth District:
In Essex County:
Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead, Merrimac, Middleton,Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Peabody, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham, and West Newbury.
In Middlesex County:
Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, North Reading, Reading, Tewksbury, Wakefield and Wilmington.