Openly gay Republican picked for GOP ticket in MA governor’s race

Baker, TiseiA Republican political hopeful interested in serving as governor of Massachusetts announced Monday he has chosen Richard R. Tisei, an openly gay state legislator, to be his running mate in the 2010 gubernatorial election, reports CBS News.

“Want you to be the first to know: I’ve chosen State Senator Richard Tisei as my running mate,” Republican Charles Baker wrote on his Twitter account. “Excited about this team.”

In the photo at left, Baker stands to the left of Tisei outside the civic center in Wakefield, Mass.

Baker is the former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and a former adviser to two Republican governors. He has known Tisei for years, the Boston Globe reports, and Tisei’s years in the state legislature will make up for Baker’s limited political experience.

Tisei, who the Globe called an “only-in-Massachusetts character,” publicly disclosed his sexuality to the newspaper last week, though it was widely known.

Full story at CBS News.

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