This evening on Nightside with Dan Rea, Democratic lawyer and activist Marisa DeFranco will be running against incumbent Congressman John Tierney. DeFranco is the second Democrat to announce a candidacy for the seat which long-time incumbent Tierney barely won in 2012.
Quick analysis: DeFranco will once again go up against the Democratic machine that denied her a slot in last year’s U.S. Senate fight which cleared the way for eventual winner Elizabeth Warren.
Could she beat putative Republican nominee Richard Tisei, who came very close in a Presidential election year? That’s an open question, though less likely given Tisei’s high profile and name recognition.
A three-way race helps the incumbent Tierney whom voters apparently have forgiven, but could weaken him should the Salem native prevail in the primary.