Embattled Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) no longer has advertisements on the books for Oct. 23 through Election Day in the pricey Boston market, according to two GOP sources who track media buys.
Tierneyâ€™s campaign manager, Matt Robison, confirmed the move but said the campaign would be making additional buys next week. â€œWeâ€™ve relocated some of our resources among weeks based on our communications strategy,â€ he said.
Media buys are public information, so Tierneyâ€™s move means he could be signaling for help from an outside group in the final two weeks. But his shift comes just a couple of days after the Democratic Congressional Campaign CommitteeÂ cut $650,000 worth of reservationsÂ for that week in the Boston market.
Tierney could buy more time before Election Day if he has the cash. The Congressman raised more than $500,000 in the third quarter â€” although his opponent, former state Sen. Richard Tisei (R),Â brought inÂ more than Tierney in the last four consecutive quarters.
â€œOn the heels of raising half a million dollars in the last quarter, weâ€™re going to be on TV through Election Day and have the resources we need to effectively communicate our message,â€ Robison added.
But Tierneyâ€™s team would be forced to fork over big bucks because of the rising cost of the already pricey Boston media market. Tierneyâ€™s cancellation included about $370,000 worth of television time in Boston.
Tisei has reserved airtime through Election Day.
Tierney madeÂ Roll Callâ€™s Top 10 Vulnerable Members list, even though he represents a Democratic district. Heâ€™s faced bad press and a slew of negative headlines tied to his wifeâ€™s familyâ€™s legal issues, which include an offshore gambling operation. Tierney, however, has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Roll Call rates the 6th district race as aÂ Tossup.