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Hudak sues opponent over ads

Says Tierney falsely states his views on issue

The Republican candidate for the Sixth Congressional District is seeking an emergency restraining order. The Republican candidate for the Sixth Congressional District is seeking an emergency restraining order.
By John R. Ellement
Globe Staff / October 26, 2010

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Bill Hudak — the Republican candidate in the Sixth Congressional District race against US Representative John Tierney, the incumbent Democrat — filed a defamation lawsuit yesterday against Tierney in Essex Superior Court, according to a posting on Hudak’s campaign website.

Hudak is seeking an emergency restraining order that, if granted, would require Tierney to stop running television ads that Hudak says falsely summarize his views on mortgage interest deductions and other issues.

A hearing is set for tomorrow, according to the Hudak campaign.

“We look forward to seeing how Congressman Tierney can possibly justify the need to engage in this type of dishonest conduct in his desperate bid to hold onto this seat,’’ Hudak said in a statement.

Late yesterday afternoon, the Tierney campaign issued a response.

“Bill Hudak’s action is without merit or legal precedence,’’ spokeswoman Kathryn Prael said in a statement. “It is an attempt to intimidate speech in the context of a political campaign, and we will respond appropriately in court.’’

A copy of the lawsuit is posted by the Hudak campaign on his website.

Hudak’s legal action is the second time this election season that a candidate has turned to the courts for help.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill is suing his former aides in Norfolk Superior Court, asserting that they tried to share internal campaign information with Republicans, something the aides have denied.

John Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com.