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U.S. Could Get First Openly Gay Lieutenant Governor

Massachusetts State Senator Richard Tisei, the running mate for that state's Republican candidate Charlie Baker, could become the first openly gay lieutenant governor.

TiseiGOP Politics evaluates the Tisei and Baker: "The GOP ticket is led by Charlie Baker, a fiscal conservative who supports marriage equality, and State Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, an openly gay candidate for lieutenant governor.  Not only is the GOP ticket in Massachusetts the most LGBT-friendly the Republican Party has ever fielded, but in this liberal bastion they’ve provided the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) with a real pick-up opportunity."

Also, the Victory Fund has stated their support for the state senator: "Tisei has earned the respect of his colleagues and stands an excellent chance of becoming the party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor if he can beat back the forces of intolerance on the extreme right wing of his party.  A group has emerged that’s urging Republican voters to reject Tisei because of his strong support for marriage equality, his support of teachers and because of his pro-choice stand."

Tisei himself noted that he has the potential to make history when speaking to the Martha's Vineyard Times last month: "People judge you on your performance," and not completely hiding his pride, added, "To tell you the truth, if I'm elected, I'll be the first gay office holder statewide, and the highest ranking in the country —unusual for a Republican."

You may remember that while Baker supports gay marriage, he and Tisei disagree on a Massachusetts transgender anti-discrimination bill.

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  1. Yeah he's gay and all and I'd like to support him. BUT Deval's been doing okay in general and the Dem's have a much better track record on glbt issues here in Mass over time... so I am sorry, but his Party is still too hostile to allow back into the Gov's office -- for the judicial noms alone...

    Posted by: Rucka | Oct 2, 2010 3:47:54 PM

  2. While that's great news, I'm still a Bold Progressive and disagree with them on all the other issues.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Oct 2, 2010 4:03:28 PM

  3. Ironically him winning would also unseat the first black governor of Mass and the only in the country.

    It's good to see diversity within the republican party, but a republican is still a republican...

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 2, 2010 4:07:22 PM

  4. Deval Patrick was instrumental in blocking a constitutional amendment that would have place marriage on the ballot in Massachusetts. He used a serious amount of political capital to do so.

    He deserves the LGBT community's support.

    Posted by: Michael Crawford | Oct 2, 2010 4:12:49 PM

  5. Deval Patrick is the #1 most supportive politician of GLBT rights in the *entire country* at that kind of level in politics. He was even before his own daughter came out to him as a lesbian.

    If it weren't for Deval Patrick, marriage equality in Massachusetts probably wouldn't exist now. I don't say that lightly. Patrick was our biggest ally in keeping it off the ballot, and had it reached the ballot, we'd have been just like California, after all the anti-gay ads.

    So... yeah, Tisei's gay (and he only came out begrudgingly, because he wouldn't have been able to keep it out of the spotlight), and Baker 'supports' marriage equality... but these are NOT our friends. Baker would sell us down the river if he thought it would gain him a single vote -- but being against marriage equality in Massachusetts has become untenable for Republicans.

    Lastly, Baker isn't just against the transgender rights bill, he uses the fringe-right, bigoted lingo "Bathroom Bill" to describe it. This bill is essential to pass -- it passed both the House and Senate this year and didn't go through because we ran out of time in the reconciliation process. A Governor Baker would deny our transgender community members their basic civil rights (such as making it illegal to fire someone or deny them housing because they're transgender) for at least another 4 years, if not longer, if he wins this election.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 2, 2010 4:50:52 PM

  6. So how can we get Deval to talk some sense into Obama?

    Posted by: princely54 | Oct 2, 2010 5:05:39 PM

  7. Any asshole who votes for this traitor running on a gay ticket - which is just a stunt tokenism for gay votes, and for straight PC votes - is also a traitor to gay equality which is just PART of the progressive movement.

    Charlie Baker destroyed the company he ran (Harvard Pilgrim Health Insurance Company) ... and was in charge of the finances of THE BIG DIG ... the guy is corrupt as they come.

    Any asshole gay or straight running as his tickets is just than - and asshole to be scorned.

    Nice job Andy spreading their PR for votes.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Oct 2, 2010 5:09:46 PM

  8. I wish I knew, Prince, but my only conclusion is Obama just isn't interested in hearing it.

    I would infinitely prefer Deval Patrick to Barack Obama, but unfortunately that's not a choice. Patrick's never been afraid to fight for what he thinks is right, and he's the only politician at that level who's not only talked the talk, but walked the walk on our rights. Not only did protect marriage equality, but he repealed the 1913 law Mitt Romney used to deny out-of-state gay and lesbian couples from getting Massachusetts marriage licenses.

    He's in the fight of his life right now -- clinging to the smallest of leads. An organization that claims to support GLBT rights ought to be ashamed of itself to endorse a candidate who would require losing Governor Patrick.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 2, 2010 5:13:45 PM

  9. Not all gay is good, case in point. Vote Deval.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 2, 2010 5:15:09 PM

  10. He's gay? So what?

    The Republican Party may want our votes, but overwhelmingly supports ant-gay bigots nationwide.

    If you vote for someone because they happen to be gay, you are no better than a woman who votes for Sarah Palin just because she's female.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Oct 2, 2010 5:19:13 PM

  11. Baker has not been supportive of marriage equality. He's been evasive and squirrely on marriage equality. Only Patrick deserves our support.

    Posted by: Concerned | Oct 2, 2010 5:27:18 PM

  12. I agree with the above comments that Deval Patrick has been a good friend to the gay community and deserves the full support of the gay community.

    Posted by: John | Oct 2, 2010 6:38:35 PM

  13. I believe Steve Howard is also running for Lt. Gov. in Vermont. He is a Democrat and openly gay. He's the guy you should be profiling!

    Posted by: Calamus | Oct 2, 2010 6:41:37 PM

  14. So he's gay,
    but we don't need
    turds like these.

    Posted by: Philo | Oct 2, 2010 8:05:39 PM

  15. You're right, Calamus. Steve Howard is indeed running for Lt. Gov. in VT. I'll be voting for him in Nov. He's got a good record in the VT. House. Our current Lt. Gov., Brian Dubie, is running for governor. He's an anti-gay Republican who, inexplicably, is liked in VT, despite the fact that he's dumb as rocks. I hope Dem. Peter Shumlin, a strong marriage equality supporter, wins that race, but it will be close. Dubie would be a horrible governor, but at least marriage equality is here to stay no matter who wins.

    I certainly hope Patrick wins in MA. It's important to support those who supported us when it was politically risky to do so.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 2, 2010 8:12:46 PM

  16. Massachusetts Republicans are not like bible belt Republicans. Massachusetts conservatives are different (most) from bible belt conservatives. Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate, would be considered liberal by bible belt standards. He's is gay friendly, and has an openly gay man as his running mate. This is not an endorsement for Baker and Tisei, just a clarification.

    Deval has been a so-so governor aside from his gay litmus test. There are numerous things I don't agree with his administration about that have nothing to do with a gay agenda, but are important.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 2, 2010 8:27:37 PM

  17. Yes, Ratbastard, Massachusetts Republicans "are not like bible belt Republicans." If they were, they'd lose, which is why they (generally) aren't (though there are certainly a few). While Baker may not be Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich bad, he's not *that* far from it, given his total bigotry toward transgender people.

    Furthermore, he was responsible for the Big Dig financing as head of Administration and Finance at the time. Many of the problems of the Big Dig were his fault. That's to speak nothing of the fact that, while Harvard Pilgrim CEO, he raised rates on individuals to the tune of 150%, while giving himself fat raises every year, and while costing this state hundreds of millions in extra health care costs (which led to who knows how many layoffs in state and local government). Baker is NOT a good or trustworthy guy, and no friend to GLBT causes. Not openly opposing marriage equality in a state where such views would be acceptable does not make one a "friend."

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 2, 2010 9:28:28 PM

  18. One additional comment, Ratbastard...

    Feel free to elaborate on your comments about Governor Patrick. He's overseen Massachusetts in our worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, and we're coming out of it faster and stronger than the rest of the country. We have 97% health coverage in our state and Governor Patrick has done a *lot* to keep our 2006 health care reform bill in our state affordable -- personally getting rates lowered on the plans available by the law. We also have the nation's consistently-ranked #1 public education system in the country, and were ranked as one of the top places to open up a business in CNBC's rankings under Patrick. The fact of the matter is Governor Patrick has been a *damn* good Governor, by almost any measure, whether it's on GLBT issues or the handling of this state. Saying anything else is just ignoring the facts.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 2, 2010 9:32:21 PM

  19. i don't care how gay he is, i wouldn't vote for him even if i was married to him, a republican would NOT be getting my vote, PERIOD.

    Posted by: johnosahon | Oct 2, 2010 9:59:45 PM

  20. Deval Patrick has been a disastrous governor. I doubt the people who say otherwise actually live in Mass. Not only did he raise taxes by 25%, he's also totally a union puppet, and has appointed corrupt people to run important agencies. Plus we have one party rule that creates waste: corruption in Mass is incredible. Beacon Hill Mafia is bankrupting our universal health system.

    Marriage equality is settled law in Massachusetts. This means we finally have the freedom to be ourselves and vote on other issues, like competence.

    I'm voting Baker-Tisei, and so should other gays if we have any sense.

    The bigger question is why LGBT voters feel any loyalty for Democrats after the way Obama has spit on us.

    Posted by: Alex | Oct 2, 2010 10:19:40 PM

  21. That is BS Alex. He did not raise taxes by 25%, after a decade of cutting billions upon billions, he signed a law which raised one tax (not "taxes") by that amount, which has the impact of about 20 or 30 cents on your dinner, and in which the tax doesn't exist for food and clothes... and, btw, the money saved our transportation system, which is the foundation of our economy.

    If Patrick was such a disaster, why are we coming out of the recession stronger and faster than the rest of the country? Why is our educational system #1 in the country? Why are we growing jobs at the fastest rate across the country?

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 2, 2010 11:54:41 PM

  22. Correction: it doesn't apply to food at the market -- it does apply to restaurants (ie 20 or 30 cents on your dinner).

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 3, 2010 12:11:29 AM

  23. Massachusetts has a lower unemployment rate than the nation, has a stronger economy than the nation, and is doing well. I am sticking with the captain of the ship that saw us through the storm: Deval all the way.

    Posted by: joe | Oct 3, 2010 12:42:07 AM

  24. Ryan+Joe=Party hacks

    Posted by: masshole | Oct 3, 2010 2:37:14 AM

  25. I don't trust him. Mass doesn't need or want a party change at this stage in the game.

    Posted by: J. Thebeau | Oct 3, 2010 2:43:13 AM

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