Boston Globe To Tierney: What Did You Know And When Did You Know It?

You know you’re in deep you-know-what when, as a Democrat, The Boston Globe demands that you come clean – and fast.

According to Representative Tierney, Patrice didn’t know the money was shady, and thought she was telling the truth when she filed Robert’s income tax forms claiming the money was from “commissions.’’ But that’s not what she asserted in court: A guilty plea is an admission to having knowingly committed a crime. John Tierney’s statement said that Patrice agreed only that she should have been more inquisitive about the true nature of her brother’s income. It was, in fact, a stunning lack of curiosity, since he previously had been charged with illegal gambling in the United States.

No one can account for absolutely everything a spouse does. But in most marriages, subjects like the management of a $7 million bank account tend to come up. John Tierney needs to explain precisely when he learned of this account, and whether he ever questioned its legality. The Tierneys made no reference to whether they themselves ever used or benefited from the money, though the congressman’s spokesman insisted that they did not. They should make it perfectly clear that they did not, and answer any and all questions on the matter.

With that information, voters should be able to make up their own minds about their congressman, who is on the ballot for an eighth term this November.

In handling issues like this, politicians usually follow a predictable script: There’s an expression of loyalty to one’s spouse, often followed at some point by an appeal to inquisitors to “lay off my family.’’ Inevitably, political allies pop up, chorus-like, to offer their support in such difficult times — as though someone got sick or died, rather than committed a serious felony.

Let’s hope the Tierneys and their supporters skip this drama and get quickly to the point: What did John Tierney know, and when did he know it?

Feel free to call his office and ask a helpful staffer.

Peabody: 978-531-1669

Lynn: 781-595-7375

Washington, DC: 202-225-8020

Democratic Congressman John Tierney’s Wife To Plead Guilty To Filing Bogus Federal Tax Returns For Her Brother’s Illegal Offshore Gambling Business; Update: Guilty Plea Entered

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This is my Congressman and he’s in a tough fight for for reelection against Republican Bill Hudak.  He’s a weasel…and he’s soon to be the husband of a convicted felon. Par for the course for a Massachusetts hack.

SALEM — The wife of Congressman John Tierney is scheduled to plead guilty today to federal tax charges arising from her brother’s illegal offshore gambling business, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Patrice Tierney, 59, of Salem, has been charged with four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false federal tax returns, according to documents that were unsealed in federal court yesterday.

Prosecutors say the congressman’s wife managed a bank account from 2003 to 2009 with more than $7 million in money from illegal gambling activity by her brother, Robert Eremian, in Antigua. They allege she mischaracterized the deposits as “commissions” and her brother’s job as “computer consultant” in documents submitted to Eremian’s tax preparer.

We call that money laundering, boys and girls.

Tierney released a statement yesterday saying that his wife accepts full responsibility for being “willfully blind” to her brother’s action. He said she acknowledges that she “should have done more to personally investigate the true nature of Mr. Eremian’s business activities. …”

Tierney said his wife believed her brother when he told her eight years ago that he was leaving the country to pursue a career in selling or licensing software to a legal Internet gaming business. He said Patrice agreed to care for their ailing mother and serve as a “de facto” second mother to her brother’s three teenage children.

Riiight.

She now realizes that the trust she formerly had in her brother was misplaced and she should have more aggressively questioned Mr. Eremian when he asked her to pay his personal (and) some family obligations and tax payments from an account he funded,” Tierney said in the statement.

“I stand by Patrice in this difficult time,” he said. “As she moves on with her life, she continues to be the primary caregiver to her own mother; a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family; and a friend to the hundreds who know her.”

Hudak isn’t buying it.

“I call on John Tierney to disclose the full extent of his wife’s illegal activities and his own involvement, if any,” Hudak said. “We need full disclosure here.”

Hudak said last night that the charges against Patrice Tierney raise questions about John Tierney’s involvement.

A simple statement isn’t going to fly, Johnny.  He is asking the voters to believe that FOR SIX YEARS he had no idea that his brother-in-law ran an illegal offshore gambling business and that his wife managed its bank account.

Remember in November.

Update: Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty in federal court this afternoon.

The wife of Democratic incumbent Congressman John F. Tierney pleaded guilty today to charges she helped cover up her brother’s $7 million ownership stake in a Caribbean gambling operation by falsifying his federal tax returns.

With her husband by her side – and former U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern heading up her defense – custom jewelry designer Patrice Tierney, 59, appeared before U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young and copped to four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false federal tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

“I take full responsibility for what my part in this was,” said a soft-spoken and refined Patrice Tierney. She told the court she is being treated for depression and anxiety.

I’ll bet she is.

In what federal corruption prosecutors Fred M. Wyshak Jr. and Robert Fisher assailed in pleadings as a “conscious course of deliberate ignorance,” Patrice Tierney stated to her younger brother Robert Eremian’s tax preparer that the millions showing up in his Bank of America account came from “commissions” he earned as a computer consultant to Sports Offshore – a phone and Internet gaming racket based in Antigua.

“There were numerous, numerous red flags along the way that would have alerted the defendant that her brother was the owner of the business,” Wyshak said today. “She deliberately ignored those red flags.”

She and her Sergeant Shultz husband, Congressman Tierney.

Tierney sat listening to his wife’s confession with his head bowed and resting on hands folded together. He later emerged from court on his wife’s behalf but refused to answer questions as to whether today’s event could impact his re-election run this fall.

“Today is not about me. I’m here in support of Patrice,” the pol said.

Actually, today is very much about you, Johnny.  You still have lots of ‘splainin’ to do.

Confirmed: John Tierney Is A Coward

My Congressman, John Tierney – D, 6th District, is once again hiding from his constituents and hosting a telephone town hall next week to defend his yes vote on ObamaCare.

PEABODY — Congressman John Tierney is hosting two telephone town hall meetings Tuesday to talk about the recently enacted reform of the nation’s health care system.

He will also provide constituents with a general legislative update during conference calls that are scheduled to begin at 4 and 5:15 p.m. 

Those interested can register at tierney.house.gov. Registration will close at 10 a.m. Monday.

The last time the Salem Democrat discussed health care over the phone, more than 32,000 people participated in two calls at the end of last summer.

I saw Tierney leaving a Marsha Coakley “rally” in Gloucester back in January.  The horrified look on his face when confronted with a swarm of Brown supporters may explain why he doesn’t want to do a town hall in person.  Or perhaps he was simply taken aback when I announced him to the crowd as my future EX Congressman.  Whatever the reason, I still suggest you register to have a chit chat with John Boy next week.

Liveshot Kerry Whines About “Hateful Language” From Bitter Clingers

John Kerry (D-Cambodia)  has the vapors over the MSM/Democrat’s cries of right-wing inspired violence and hate speech over ObamaCare. 

U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry pledged yesterday to work with Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, despite their differences on the landmark health-care overhaul, and blasted angry, threat-hurling opponents of the trillion-dollar package. 

“The kind of inflammatory, inciteful and hateful language that has been used . . . does great damage to our country,” Kerry said, referring to threats and racial epithets reportedly directed at Washington lawmakers in the wake of the bill’s passage.

“It has no place in our democratic process. It’s inappropriate,” he added.

 

Whaaaaa whaaaaaa.  Democratic process?  Pu-leeze.  One word: reconciliation. 

We all know what’s going on here.  He and the other stooges he stood with during this whine fest know the American people hated the bill before it passed and hate it even more now that the truth about its devastating impact is slowly trickling out.  So they are attempting to demonize the opposition to distract from the ugly truth.  Desperate much?

Barney Frank Faces A Tough Crowd In Massachusetts

If you’re a House or Senate Democrat and you support ObamaCare, how do you know your bill is in trouble?   When Barney Frank of uber liberal Massachusetts has to move his town hall meeting twice to accommodate the massive crowd.  And when the meeting finally gets rolling he feels the wrath of their outrage over health care, the deficit, cap and trade and the government  in general.  In typical Bombastic Barney fashion he interrupts his constituents and hurls insults at them throughout the meeting and doesn’t pass up an opportunity to blame the Iraq war for the supposed 46 million uninsured in this country.

Fox25 Video here.

Meanwhile, my congressman, John Tierney, is still in hiding.

Update: Another person posing as a doctor got up and declared her undying support for ObamaCare at Barney’s town hall.  How many does that make?  Note no Republicans have pretended to be doctors at these meetings.

(hat tip: Vagabond Trader)

Missing! My Senators and Congressman

It’s the August recess and my Congressional representatives are nowhere to be found.  Well, not all of them.  Ted Kennedy is at his Hyannisport compound while he undergoes cancer treatment that would most likely be nixed under ObamaCare.  That leaves my other senator, John Kerry, and my congressman, John Tierney.

I just perused their respective websites for upcoming events and have come to the conclusion that the closest I’ll come to seeing either of them is on the back of a milk carton.

Tierney’s site neglects to mention that he has been on August recess for a week and lists no upcoming events.

Kerry’s site states that foreign travel is causing his schedule to be “in flux” during the August recess.

It leads one to wonder:  Are Tierney and Kerry so used to successfully mailing it in that they don’t feel the need to mix with the unwashed?  Or are they hiding from constituents who are angry and fearful over ObamaCare and don’t want to be embarrassed and end up on YouTube?

Feel free to give their offices a call and ask why Tierney has no public events planned for the recess and whether Mr. Kerry plans to spend the entire break  busy with foreign travel.

Tierney

Peabody office: 978-531-1669

Lynn office: 781-595-7375

Kerry

Boston office: (617) 565-8519

Springfield office: (413) 785-4610

Fall River (508) 677-0522

Bombastic Barney was a junket junkie in 2008

Looks like Barney Frank and John Tierney created quite the carbon footprints with all of those free trips last year.

The congressional crackdown on special interest junkets hasn’t grounded Bay State Democrats who continue to rack up frequent flier miles with trips around the globe for them and their staff members.

U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-Salem) had his passport stamped the most, taking a $16,000 trip to Jordan for a conference on Islam in February and a $9,000 jaunt to Paris in August 2008. The tabs for both were paid by the nonpartisan think tank Aspen Institute.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton), meanwhile, took $6,500 in free trips in 2008, traveling to conferences in New York and Chicago and to Hollywood to appear as a guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The show picked up his $1,998 tab.

But Frank defended his trips, saying, “None of them are vacations. Every one of those relates to the job I’m supposed to do. They were all things I did because they advanced the kinds of causes I’m in politics to advance.”

“Shows like Bill Maher are very useful,” he said. “It’s not just entertainment. I think it’s a very valuable public resource. Plus, there’s nothing they want from me, so there’s no quid pro quo.”

They should pay him to stay off the air if you ask me.