BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) FOX 25 hosted their final mini-debate on Friday between the candidates in the 5th Congressional district.
Democratic Congressman Ed Markey is currently serving in the 7th Congressional, but is running for re-election in district 5 due to redistricting. Rep. Markey is the Dean of the Massachusetts and New England Congressional Delegation. He is a ranking member of the Natural Resource Committee and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Markey lives in Malden.
Republican candidate Tom Tierney has worked for more than 32 years as a self-employed independent consulting actuary. Tierney was also a delegate to the 1986 and 1990 Republican State Conventions and served more than a decade as a Republican Town Committee member and officer. Tierney is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He lives in Framingham.
FOX 25's Mark Ockerbloom began the debate by asking Rep. Markey about his opponent saying it is time for a change. Markey replied by saying that some Republicans in Congress want to slash things like NIH funding and solar energy. He says he wants to go back to Washington to keep "fighting those fights."
Mark asked Tierney what he meant by previously saying that Markey is "burnt out."
Tierney said that Markey has been behaving in a "partisan manner" by fighting with Republicans "as all Democrats are." He says that there has to be more cooperation and that Markey's speeches are more like "standup comedy."
Markey responded by saying that he has worked with Republicans over the years on laws that created the "broadband evolution" and increased fuel economy standards. He says that he has worked with Republicans throughout his career and will continue to do so including on homeland security.
Both candidates commented on the state of Congress. Tierney claims this is the worst Congress since the one voted in just before the Civil War. Markey says that it is a "radical Republican" Congress that has been very difficult to work with.
The candidates also exchanged jabs on universal healthcare. To see their full interview, click start on the view above or head to the news video category under the FOX 25 news app.