The Tsongas Slip

A gaffe by Niki Tsongas has led to two major newstories and much Internet chatter about her claim (highlighted on YouTube) to have “represented the District for ten years”. From the Eagle Tribune.

“I represented (the district) in Washington for 10 years,” Tsongas said in a 13-second video leaked onto the Web site YouTube five days ago. “I know how Washington works. I can’t believe there’s still people there I know.”

The Tsongas campaign, represented by Ellen Murphy Meehan, responded.

Tsongas’ camp says she just misspoke at last Wednesday’s debate in Lowell.

“It would be silly to think otherwise. It’s like being up there and saying you have three kids when you have four,” said Ellen Murphy Meehan, Tsongas’ campaign chairwoman. “It happens. You make mistakes while on the stump.”

In my opinion not a disqualifying gaffe, but probably one that tends to validate some of the criticisms of the Tsongas campaign. Probably forgotten in a week, but certainly shows how fast news on the Internet can move a story. I have endorsed Eileen Donoghue in this race. “The Chancellor” is neutral. Link to the Eagle Tribune story here.

Link to the You Tube video here.

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5 Responses to The Tsongas Slip

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    Much to do about nothing. Love that word, “misspoke”.

    I thought that Democrats did not eat there own.

    I have enough Donoghue mail to start my own dump. Do I have to have a permit?



  2. Matt says:

    “Probably forgotten in a week, but certainly shows how fast news on the Internet can move a story.”

    It happened last week, certainly not fast.

    Which campaign put the video out anyway?


  3. Bill Manzi says:

    Geez, I thought that the Tsongas campaign had put it out. They have been so effective in utilizing You Tube. Maybe the incident happened last week but once it started moving it seemed to me to be pretty fast. Apparently still not out of the news cycle. Read today’s Tribune editorial at this link.


  4. Ryan says:

    I love Meehan’s defense: “it’s like… saying you have three kids instead of four.” Who does that?


  5. Bill Manzi says:

    I hope that “the Chancellor” never makes that mistake.


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