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Gay Republican poised to upset incumbent congressman

Monday, August 13, 2012

Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress from Massachusetts, now has an even shot at beating his opponent, incumbent Democratic Rep. John Tierney, according to a new rating of the race by the paper Roll Call.

The paper recently reclassified the race from “Likely Democratic” to “Toss-up” in its ratings of House races around the country.

Richard Tisei

“Richard is well-known and liked throughout the district. [He's] spent years defying the odds by being elected by Independents, Republicans, and Democrats. He’s honest and a known problem-solver who cares about people and the future of the country,” said Tisei Campaign Manager Paul Moore.

Tisei has also consistently beaten Tierney in fundraising over the past few quarters, a sign that the GOP thinks the seat could flip.

“In my wildest dreams, I wouldn’t have imagined that so many people would be supporting our message of change with their pocketbooks — particularly in these very tough economic times,” Tisei told the Washington Blade.

Tisei is one of eight federal candidates endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund in 2012.

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29 more reader comments:

  1. I guess I am just confused as to why any openly gay candidate would ever be Republican.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:06pm
  2. Would someone please explain gay Republicans to me again ?

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:06pm
  3. Can someone explain why we should dictate what political party people belong to again?

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:08pm
  4. Gay Republicans are nothing more than self-hating homosexuals who wake up each morning and hope they’ve become straight. I despise them.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:10pm
  5. It really doesn’t matter. More power to him.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:11pm
  6. Gay Republican, wow that’s an Oxymoron!

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:12pm
  7. You cant be gay and a republican

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:15pm
  8. Gay Republicans are people who care more about their stock portfolio than the well-being of the GBLT community

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:15pm
  9. Maybe it has something to do with the Republican Party’s anti gay, anti equality stand. Choose the political you want to, but don’t choose against yourself. I wouldn’t vote for anyone just because their gay or not.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:17pm
  10. Well said, David.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:19pm
  11. @Sean, the Republican party is not only a political party but one from the far right that is based on statu quo and even outdated values. Being progressive is not in their chords. So being gay, being a woman, or from any visible minority doesn’t suit with that party, unless these people don’t really care for their rights that that have gained by progress of their society.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:19pm
  12. all i gotta say is ppl need to support themselves before they can support anybody else. Once that stage has been reached then they can support anybody they want to. :) so support yourself ppls!

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:22pm
  13. Odds that almost every other comment will be about how “gay Republican” is supposedly an oxymoron?

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:26pm
  14. You can be gay and a Republican. There are a few of us that are trying to effect change within.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:29pm
  15. Not all republicans are ignorant or money hungry people. Just like all democrats are not saints or have America’s best interest in mind. Judge a candidate by what he does not by the stigma/stereotype of his political party.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:30pm
  16. By the way, I don’t have a stock portfolio.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:31pm
  17. To David Ling’s point – I’ve never met a gay rep who wasn’t a greedy sob.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:32pm
  18. Reps are notorious for being Anti Gays. Makes no sense to support a Party that doesn’t approve, care or even think Gay people should have equal rights, so yes an Oxymoron.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:33pm
  19. I have to say “unlike” if he follows the GOP hard-right agenda which could be disastrous for our country.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:33pm
  20. I wonder what is cognitive dissonance is.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:39pm
  21. Sorry, but being LGBT is no guarantee that one is sensitive to the needs of people. As a junior member of Congress, if elected, he will be under enormous pressure by the super-right-wingnuts to vote with them, and handicapped if he doesn’t. While preferable to a typical Repugnican, he still adds to their numbers and thus to the chances of their repressive program passing.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2:01pm
  22. A re-puke-lican by any other orientation still stinks :(

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2:02pm
  23. okay what is wrong with this picture.. a gay replub? hmmm now that is an oxymoron for ya

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2:21pm
  24. gay…republican? did i just step out of the tardis? those two concepts are radically opposed…!

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2:23pm
  25. I’m not sure if this is good news. He’ll still end up voting for anti-gay John Boehner over pro-gay Nancy Pelosi for Speaker to organize the House of Representatives. He will support all Republican (and consequently anti-gay) committee chairs in the House. This is precisely why the political party of the candidate, like it or not, matters.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2:28pm
  26. NONONOrepublican in any there

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2:28pm
  27. I may be gay, but I cannot support a gay republican. It would be like a Jew supporting a nazi.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2:47pm
  28. A Gay Republican is like a Jewish Nazi.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 3:14pm
  29. Yeah, I’d like to be nice about it but I can’t anymore – a gay republican not only hurts themselves but the rest of us as well . . . they act as tokens that make socially progressive republicans think they are okay too . . .

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 3:31pm