House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will join US Representative John Tierney at a forum in Beverly about women and the economy on Friday.
While the forum is not a campaign event, Pelosi’s appearance with the Salem Democrat is a sign of strong political support from national Democratic leadership for the congressman, who already faces a primary challenge from two Democrats and is a top Republican target in his 2014 re-election campaign.
Pelosi’s visit is also an indication that Tierney retains national backing, despite the US House Ethics Committee’s announcement last month that it is considering opening an investigation involving Tierney.
Pelosi, Tierney and others will take part in a discussion at North Shore Community College entitled “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: an Economic Agenda for Women and Families.”
In a statement, Kirsten Hughes, the chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, said Pelosi “should suspend her appearance in support of John Tierney” until the potential ethics investigation is completed.
A Pelosi spokeswoman, Evangeline George, said in a statement that Republicans were simply unhappy that Tierney “has been such an effective leader on behalf of his constituents.
Democrats Seth Moulton, a former Marine, and Marisa DeFranco, an attorney, are challenging Tierney for the party’s nomination in the North Shore-based Sixth Congressional district.
Republican challenger Richard Tisei, who narrowly lost his 2012 bid to unseat Tierney, has said he is considering a rematch.