One of the key congressional races to watch this midterm election season is happening in the sixth district of Massachusetts.
Sitting U.S. Rep. John Tierney is facing four Democratic challengers in Tuesday's primary, each trying to do what no one in Massachusetts has done in 20 years: unseat a sitting congressman from his own party.
WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with one of those candidates.
- "The notion that a freshman Democrat will somehow be better able to persuade the right-wing dominated Republican Party suddenly to eschew the rigid ideology and harsh partisanship in which they have engaged is fanciful."
- "Marisa DeFranco is considered an outsider in the Democrats' 6th Congressional District primary race and for good reason: She doesn't play political games when answering questions or offering solutions to what's wrong in Washington, D.C."
- "Marisa DeFranco knows she faces an uphill battle trying to unseat nine-term incumbent Congressman John Tierney. But the Middleton attorney points to recent David versus Goliath victories in other congressional races — including former House majority leader Eric Cantor’s defeat in a June primary to political neophyte David Brat."
This segment aired on September 5, 2014.