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Gay Candidate Richard Tisei Releases Unconventional Ad: VIDEO


This actually is nice, Massachusetts U.S. House candidate Richard Tisei. Thank you. While airing a beach ad right after the East Coast's most devastating hurricane in history may be bad timing, a double-digit lead over Democratic incumbent John Tierney may allow for a little risk taking.

Watch Tisei's video AFTER THE JUMP.

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Richard Tisei Has No Fear Of GOP 'Knuckleheads'

TiseiThe national Republican Party has a well-deserved reputation for being homophobic, and Richard Tisei, an openly gay GOP Congressional candidate from Massachusetts, understands he'll have to deal with some resistance should he win his election and move to Washington next year. But Tisei says he's fully prepared for anti-gay "knuckleheads".

"I feel totally comfortable," Tisei said of his encounters with Republican big-wigs.

He went on, telling The Hill, "I’m sure that there are a few knuckleheads that will, you know, look at me based on my sexuality as opposed to what I bring to the table. But I’ve got to say, every single person I’ve met so far has made me feel really comfortable.”

Tisei also told reporter Russell Berman that GOP leadership like House Speaker John Boehner are "supportive of me because they believe that the party needs to be more diverse" both in terms of gay inclusion and, he believes, his geographic origins: "There aren’t very many Northeast Republicans nowadays, and most people recognize that in order to have a truly national party, you have to have members coming from all over the country."

Boehner's office says that while the speaker and Tisei "don't agree on every issue," including DOMA, which Boehner has spent hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars defending and Tisei says is "unconstitutional", "Richard and the Speaker respect one another". Boehner also campaigned for Tisei earlier this month, which could read as either a sign of respect or as an insurance policy for his own speaker seat.

DOMA Defender John Boehner Campaigns for Gay Republican House Candidate Richard Tisei in Massachusetts


For House Speaker and DOMA-defender John Boehner, ousting a House Democrat in favor of a Republican trumps differences of opinion on gay rights.

TiseiThe HuffPost reports:

Boehner spent Tuesday morning raising money for Republican candidate Richard Tisei, who is openly gay and supports same-sex marriage.

Tisei, who is running against Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), seemed to indirectly address the fact that Boehner opposes gay rights in a statement ahead of their joint breakfast event in Boston.

"The Speaker understands that he and I do not agree on absolutely everything, and that I will often be a voice of independent leadership -- particularly if it is not in the interests of the Sixth District," Tisei said. "I look forward to working with the Speaker as a voice of reason and moderation in Congress to help solve our nation's problems."

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1NewsIcon Richard Tisei, the openly gay Republican congressional candidate from Massachusetts, dismissed incumbent John Tierney comparisons between his politics and the Tea Party's. "I’m the only gay, pro-choice Republican who wouldn’t sign the [Grover] Norquist pledge" he told the Washington Blade. "I don’t think [Tierny] realized how much he’s damaged his own credibility. Rather than talking about what he’s done over a 16-year period. Trying to paint me as some type of Right Wing extremist is just so off-the-wall that it damages his own credibility."

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


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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