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Barney Frank Sees No Good Coming From Richard Tisei Win: VIDEO

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Republican Richard Tisei desperately needs to win over some Democrats if he wants to represent Massachusetts' 6th District in the U.S. House next year. And winning over those Democrats will require proving to voters that he's not like the national Republicans who lean ever-more to the right.

That ideological break was made even more clear today when Tisei, who is openly gay, asked his state's GOP to reject the national party's homophobic platform.

The platform "espouses beliefs that exclude many in our party, includ­ing myself," Tisei wrote to state Republican chairman Robert A. Maginn Jr. "As a ‘live-and-let-live’ ­Republican, my philosophy is that the government should get off our backs, out of our wallets, and away from the bedroom." 

MassGOP told The Boston Globe that they're all about "big ideas, and there is no shortage of opinions within the party," but "ultimately, we all share one goal, which is electing more Republicans in ­November."

Meanwhile, Barney Frank, the retiring U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, weighed in on Tisei and said that no matter how LGBT-friendly he may be, his election would maintain GOP control in the House and therefore hurt LGBT people, which is why voters should support Democratic incumbent John Tierney, the straight man in the middle.

"John Tierney’s election as opposed to Rich Tisei’s is better for the advancement of the legal equality we are seeking because if Republicans gain contain control of the House, no bills advancing our rights will come up,” said Frank.

Tisei got the last word, though, telling The Daily Item, "I think I will be able to carve out an identity for myself that’s separate from the party and that most people support me on." Unfortunately such identities are often assimilated or undermined upon arrival in Washington.

On a related note, Tierney yesterday released his first political ad in which he aligns Tisei with the Tea Party. Check it out AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. I don't always agree with Barney Frank but on this issue I do. A Republican is a Republican. They are all vile, evil, snakes who will stab anyone in the back if they can make some money.

    HORRIBLE, HATEFUL, HOMOPHOBIC ! VOTE OBAMA !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 13, 2012 6:02:00 PM


  2. it's the reality. a vote for this gay man is a vote against LGBT Equality.

    and a vote for the straight man is a vote FOR lgbt equality.

    come on, boys. Obama term 2. LGBT Advancements made federal. When his next four years are up you can get back to pretending that your chosen party cares about the economy.

    the time is now for the breakthrough our community has earned and deserves. and it will only come through re-electing Barack Obama.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 13, 2012 6:05:19 PM


  3. Whats the matter with Massachusetts these days!? First Scott Brown and maybe Tisei next?

    For a democratic state, they sure don't seem to be able to tell a democrat from a republican in disguise as a democrat.

    Though to be fair to MA - its not just them that get duped by GOP duplicity.

    Posted by: AERES | Sep 13, 2012 6:23:53 PM


  4. This is a "no-brainer". We're not supporting someone because they're gay...but because they have similar values...some integrity...and are supportive of equal rights for all...including gays.
    That could easily be a straight guy...who cares? Gay republicans may self identify as "gay" but we all know they're anything but.
    "Gay" is not a free ticket to our table Mr. Tisei....you earn a seat here.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Sep 13, 2012 6:26:52 PM


  5. Just remember, Tisei did not march in the Boston pride parade this year. Joe Kennedy III, my [hopefully] future congressman did and he is straight. Lizzie Warren did also. These two people are allies we want in office.

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 13, 2012 6:27:56 PM


  6. "He's as gay as Michelle Malkin is black"

    - the lady next to me at this cafe

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 13, 2012 6:31:25 PM


  7. John Tierney's wife and brother in law are in jail for their huge gambling ring so why should vote for him???

    Posted by: Name | Sep 13, 2012 6:59:31 PM


  8. He will caucus with the Republicans.

    That's all that we need to know.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 13, 2012 7:05:29 PM


  9. IF Richard Tisei IS "OPENLY" HOMOSEXUAL, Barney Frank IS A HYPOCRITE FOR NOT BEING "TRUE" TO THE "gay-rights agenda."

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 13, 2012 7:11:38 PM


  10. Towleroaders,

    Y'ALL ARE HYPOCRITES FOR NOT SUPPORTING Mr. Tisei. YOU WANT VOTES TO GET YOUR "agenda" PASSED. AFTER YOUR HOPEFUL SUCCESS, THEN CRITICIZE Mr. Tisei's POLITICS - IF SO DESIRED.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 13, 2012 7:18:16 PM


  11. I agree with Barney. Tisei is despicable. I am very disappointed with the Victory Fund for endorsing him. I have donated money to the Victory Fund; I hope that they haven't given money to Tisei.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 13, 2012 7:33:44 PM


  12. Only an idiot (perhaps the kind who loves typing his own name repeatedly) would vote for a candidate based on his sexuality. Gay does not equal gay friendly; there are many straight people who have done more for gay rights than a lot of gay people.

    Posted by: Winston | Sep 13, 2012 7:36:45 PM


  13. I HAVE TROUBLE CONTROLLING THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE

    I AM CHRISTOPHER ALLAN HORTON

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 13, 2012 7:38:01 PM


  14. @CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON
    Do you honestly think any republican would have our best interests in mind? Do you honestly think, or do you just troll? No gay republican would be allowed to go against the narrow minded agenda of the far right.

    Posted by: Berijeck | Sep 13, 2012 7:41:30 PM


  15. "BERIJECK,"

    I ASSUME YOU ARE HOMOSEXUAL. Mr. Tisei SAYS HE IS HOMOSEXUAL AND HAS NO PROBLEM WITH SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. SO, "BERIJECK," WHY IS Mr. Tisei YOUR ENEMY? Y'ALL ARE PLAYING A "NUMBERS GAME" - Y'ALL DESPERATELY NEED
    N-U-M-B-E-R-S!

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 13, 2012 7:48:08 PM


  16. I disagree with most of the comments here. As I understand it Tisei is 100% supportive on all major gay rights issues, the problem people have is with his party. We will make progress much more quickly if gay rights can be a bi partisan issue. In New York, marriage equality got passed because we had supportive Republicans in the legislature. There would be a symbolic value to having a gay Republican Congressman, for that matter any pro gay Republican Congressman. The Democrats are not going to control the House, if this were a Senate race where party control is in doubt I'd agree with voting for the Democrat. In the long run I think a Tisei win will be positive for gay rights.

    Posted by: Ken | Sep 13, 2012 8:08:21 PM


  17. "KEN,"

    THANK YOU, SIR. YOU ARE TYPING WITH SENSE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 13, 2012 8:15:36 PM


  18. Ken and CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON, please take a basic civics lesson and learn how Congress works. It does not matter how he personally votes on the floor. A republican majority gives that party control over committees and they get to set the agenda on gay and all other issues. The point is, he will never get to vote for equality because his party won't put it up for a vote.

    Get a clue.

    Posted by: SamIAm | Sep 13, 2012 8:38:26 PM


  19. "SAMIAM,"

    YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, WHEN YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING ANOTHER PERSON ON YOUR SIDE. AGAIN, THAT IS THE "BOTTOM LINE" - NUMBERS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 13, 2012 8:54:11 PM


  20. Samiam: I understand perfectly how Congress works. No one expects party control to swing based on this one seat. If the GOP controls the House 218-217 with this seat being the difference, I'll admit I was wrong. But polls indicate the Republicans will keep control by several seats and having more moderates could help get something done on a bi partisan basis as happened in New York.

    Posted by: Ken | Sep 13, 2012 9:06:47 PM


  21. I know almost nothing about either man and really it's up to the people of this district which one best represents them. However, I agree with Ken on this. It makes no difference if Tisei is elected as to who will control the House. Pelosi has no shot at becoming Speaker again this time around. It also would be helpful to have more supportive allies within the GOP because the real tipping point over gay rights will come when it is no longer a partisan issue. When Democrats AND Republicans support us, that is when we will make real progress. Now whether Tisei is really an ally on these matters or not, or even whether that is good enough to vote for him or not is up to the voters of the district he is running in. We shall see.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Sep 13, 2012 9:37:05 PM


  22. Tisei helped save marriage equality in Mass. as a member of the state senate. He's not just pro-gay, he IS GAY...and married to his long-time partner.

    Grow up, people. There are good people who are conservatives on fiscal issues and social progressives. In fact, that's most Americans. Tisei is one. Get over it.

    Posted by: Carlos | Sep 13, 2012 10:30:36 PM


  23. This is my district, and I was out there holding a sign for John Tierney today.

    John Tierney is an extremely strong supporter of LGBT rights. His victory makes it far more likely that we'll get ENDA passed and DOMA repealed.

    Tisei is not a moderate Republican - when he endorsed the crazy Republican bill that would have allowed employers to ban contraception coverage for women, that ended any notion of moderation.

    At the end of the day, he's a vote for Republican leadership, which is anethema toward GLBT rights. Their leadership would ban gay military personnel from openly serving and would prevent any semblance of ENDA from passing.

    It would be very hard to win back the House and get GLBT friendly policies passed if Tierney were to lose. I'm very confident that he'll win, though, and yesterday's poll -- showing him up 12% -- is a pretty good indication.

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 13, 2012 11:46:15 PM


  24. @Carlos: "There are good people who are conservatives on fiscal issues and social progressives. In fact, that's most Americans."

    Quite some years ago, these people were called Liberal Republicans. There are no such Republicans truly visible in the present party. The Republican party NOW believes that conservatives on fiscal issues must needs be intertwined with conservatives on social issues. Period. The Republican party is fond of citing (without evidence, just like your assertion) that the American people are "center to center right". That certainly excludes fiscal conservatives and social liberals. Like LCR and GOPround - dream on.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 14, 2012 8:47:14 AM


  25. To be fair, Tisei is a good guy. I used to live in his district and he was the only place I crossed party lines and voted for a Republican.

    That said, in this race, I'd still vote Tierney. A Republican spot in Washington is a very different; a gay Republican from MA would have no power in the house, and it'd just be one more seat in favor of the other side.

    Sadly, there's not really any place for guys like Tisei in national politics right now.

    Posted by: randomguy | Sep 14, 2012 11:08:39 AM


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