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Gay-Friendly Democrat John Tierney Defeats Gay Republican Richard Tisei in Massachusetts Congressional Race: VIDEO

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Representative John F. Tierney (D-MA) held on to his House seat from Massachusetts last night, defeating gay Republican candidate Richard Tisei, the Boston Globe reports:

TierneyTierney descended to the ballroom at Salem’s Hawthorne Hotel about 12:30 Wednesday morning to declare victory, holding his wife’s hand aloft and basking in the cheers of 100 remaining supporters. He made an elliptical reference to the family scandal that had dogged him throughout the campaign and provided ample fodder for challenger Richard R. Tisei...

...With all precincts reporting, Tierney held a nearly 4,000-vote lead, collecting 48.3 percent to Tisei’s 47.3 percent.

A late-arriving crowd at the Tierney party swelled to 200 at one point, spirits soaring, when it appeared he would ­retain his seat.

“We were all prepared for the worst given the lead-up to the race,” said Kim Driscoll, Salem’s mayor. “This is just phenomenal, and [we’re] very happily surprised.”

TiseiTisei is not ready to concede, NECN reports:

But, the Tisei team is testing the truth of Tierney’s win. Tisei’s campaign manager, Paul Moore, said he wasn’t able to speak to the town clerk of Lynn and believes there may have been foul play.

“I think at best we have a very incompetent official in Lynn...,” Moore said.

In a statement emailed to NECN, Lynn city clerk and elections chief Mary Audley responded:

"The allegations made by Mr. Tisei’s campaign are unfounded.  We were in City Hall from 6:30 a.m. yesterday morning until 9:30 p.m.  Our phones were extremely busy, but nobody came into the office to make any complaints.  We received no calls from the Secretary of State’s Office regarding any such allegations and no voters were challenged. Other than that, I really have no comment as to what he believes other campaigns did or did not do.  We are committed to running every election to the letter of the law and to allege otherwise is quite offensive."

Watch NECN's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Congratulations to John Tierney.

    Mr. Tisei: why did you think anyone in their right mind would vote for a man who allied himself with a party that thinks he should be a second class citizen? It calls your judgment into question.

    Posted by: antb | Nov 7, 2012 11:58:12 AM


  2. Just because he's gay doesn't mean gay people have to vote for him. He's still a republican. I don't know why the gay media was rooting for him.

    Posted by: Emmy | Nov 7, 2012 11:58:32 AM


  3. Pity. The GOP could use a whole helluva lot more openly gay politicians and straight allies to moderate it's absurd far-right platform on social issues. Still, at least an anti-gay politico didn't win instead.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Nov 7, 2012 12:03:22 PM


  4. To assume gay voters will automatically support a gay candidate is just as cynical as John McCain's assumption that putting Sarah Palin on his ticket would entice female Democrats to vote for him.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Nov 7, 2012 12:07:36 PM


  5. "Mr. Tisei: why did you think anyone in their right mind would vote for a man who allied himself with a party that thinks he should be a second class citizen? It calls your judgment into question."

    My God, people like you are pathetic. The original purpose of the gay movement was to make sexual orientation a non-issue so that all of us could pursue whatever interests and social affiliations and ideologies we wanted to AS INDIVIDUALS, without homophobia getting in the way of it.

    But for some of you, enslaving gay people to liberal orthodoxy and affiliation to a single party has become the overriding goal, to the point that you actively cheer on the defeat of an openly gay man whose positions on all gay-related issues are the right ones......in favor of a corrupt straight man........and do so for no reason other that the straight guy has a D next to his name and the openly gay guy has an R next to his name.

    And even apart from the twistedness inherent in that mindset, it is a politically stupid position because without bipartisan support, no gay rights legislation has ever passed any legislative body and none ever will......and because if there is no outreach to Republicans and no seat at the table among them for gay people, we will be consigned eternaly to the partisan ghetto, with all the consequences that will come from that.

    Sick and truly stupid people some of you are, indeed.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 7, 2012 12:20:12 PM


  6. how wonderful that an Ally won.

    thank you to all the liberal-minded heterosexuals who understand the importance of equality, and the LGBT people who stand up to be counted.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 7, 2012 12:34:12 PM


  7. What desperate pettiness to suggest Lynn somehow 'stole' the election. It has a Republican mayor -- in a strong mayor system -- for heaven's sake!

    Tisei needs to face the fact that he lost the Lynn vote by 3:1 because he would have caucused with tea partiers and supported tea party policies, not the pro immigration reform, pro affordable health care and pro blue collar positions Lynn residents desperately care about.

    John Tierney fights for our district and has been a stalwart defender of GLBT rights. Tisei would have hurt our district and helped empower a party that's inhospitable to gay rights.

    Posted by: Ryan | Nov 7, 2012 12:36:34 PM


  8. the only gay or lesbian running for Congress last night who lost was the sole Republican. Get it, Tisei?

    Posted by: keating | Nov 7, 2012 12:37:48 PM


  9. great news!

    Posted by: me | Nov 7, 2012 1:13:11 PM


  10. You can not align yourself with a group that has publicly stated that they are against who you are as a human being and expect to be taken seriously.

    Posted by: PDX_Guy | Nov 7, 2012 1:25:55 PM


  11. Demand a re-count of every election where a Tea Bagger lost! There is no way that God would have allowed all of those Communist, Muslim, Kenyan-followers to win!

    Posted by: chuck | Nov 7, 2012 1:31:34 PM


  12. Awww Rick/Jason's just bitter. Everyone just ignore his pathetic rants on this most wonderful day.

    Posted by: MateoM | Nov 7, 2012 1:40:45 PM


  13. @Rick: Tisei is not only a Republican, he's also against same-sex marriage. He's a self-loathing traitor.

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Nov 7, 2012 1:58:23 PM


  14. The voters had their choice. Either a gay "Uncle Tom", or an ally.

    This seems like a very easy decision. I hope he concedes soon.

    Posted by: Javier | Nov 7, 2012 2:09:37 PM


  15. Wow. The trolls are back from their slumber! At least they gave us a few hours of peace!

    "Mr. Tisei: why did you think anyone in their right mind would vote for a man who allied himself with a party that thinks he should be a second class citizen? It calls your judgment into question."

    Exactly, it makes sense to those of us who are not brain damaged.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 7, 2012 2:10:30 PM


  16. Don't forget the numbers angle. Tierney caucuses with the Democrats and Tisei would have caucused with the Republicans. With so much in DC these days on a strict party line vote it's better to have a Democrat. Tisei was delusional: he should have accepted the fact that he would have had one arm permanently behind his back.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 7, 2012 2:45:39 PM


  17. "Don't forget the numbers angle. Tierney caucuses with the Democrats and Tisei would have caucused with the Republicans. With so much in DC these days on a strict party line vote it's better to have a Democrat. Tisei was delusional: he should have accepted the fact that he would have had one arm permanently behind his back."

    This is a perfect example of the lack of political sophistication on the part of most of you. No bill PASSES without bi-partisan support, in the absence of super-majorities.

    The total absence of gay people among House Republicans will ensure that we have no seat at the table and that Republicans--who still have a 40-seat majority--will have no incentive to even listen to us or consider our issues....and they will therefore be able to kill every gay rights bill that comes along without it even getting out of committee.

    In the Senate, the demise of moderate Republicans such as Scott Brown--which so many of you misguidedly have cheered on--will likewise mean that polarization becomes total and gay rights issues get no hearing whatsoever. Without the "cover" provided by having 7-8 colleagues willing to buck the party leadership--as happened in the case of DADT repeal--the few Republican moderates left wil not be willing to risk alienating that leadership to side with Democrats in attempts to break filibusters.....which means that as long as there are even 40 Republicans in the Senate, all gay rights bils can be filibustered to death....and will be.

    And this situation will persist for decades, since the political map is such that Democrats will never get more than 60 seats in the Senate.

    So the net effect of your having shot down all gay Republicans and all moderate Republicans in favor of Democrats will be that the gay community becomes ghettoized in one party and will accordingly be incapable of any legislative advancement for as long as that situation persists, since the Republicans that are left will be without any moderating influences and can therefore operate as a machine to destroy any bill that comes along without any hesitation.

    Fools you are, truly.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 7, 2012 3:11:28 PM


  18. I blame Lady Gaga for my inability to get laid.
    Also, I'm incontinent and wear Depends undergarments because I poop myself.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 7, 2012 3:16:14 PM


  19. Tierney is a good man and a fine ally. This made my night.

    Those Victory Fund tweets on behalf of Tisei ticked me off so much I gave Tierney money.

    Nice of Victory Fund to identify good gay candidates. But we need to review their endorsements with care.

    Because it remains true: gay republican = Jewish Nazi

    Posted by: Bingo | Nov 7, 2012 4:01:59 PM


  20. The gay traitor lost. This is a good thing.

    Posted by: Mighty | Nov 7, 2012 6:24:26 PM


  21. Amerika is becoming america once again

    Posted by: Katie murphy - ex cath | Nov 7, 2012 6:30:54 PM


  22. The Quisling lost. Good. End of story.

    Posted by: Bob R | Nov 7, 2012 7:06:35 PM


  23. shame on all of you. Tisei ran a great campaign and I wish he was elected. He stood with the people of the district - not the special interests Tierney supports.

    Posted by: Shame on you all | Nov 8, 2012 5:40:17 PM


  24. I really wanted to see Richard Tisei win. Why are people insulting him for running as a Republican? How do you expect the Republican Party to change without people inside the party trying to change it? I think you people WANT the Republicans to be the party of homophobes because you disagree with their other issues...

    Posted by: Anonymous | Nov 12, 2012 9:49:22 AM


  25. Nice of Victory Fund to identify good gay candidates. But we need to review their endorsements with care.

    Posted by: idateasian | Nov 16, 2012 1:03:40 AM


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