The Associated Press

Mass. Congressional Contender Richard Tisei Skips GOP Convention

BOSTON — Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei says he will skip this weekend’s state GOP convention because of the socially conservative platform the party’s state committee adopted.

Tisei, who is gay and married and also supports abortion rights, tells The Boston Globe he doesn’t “feel comfortable being at a convention where the platform takes the party backward, rather than forward.”

Tisei is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in the state’s 6th Congressional District.

Richard Tisei in a 2010 file photo (AP)

Richard Tisei in a 2010 file photo (AP)

The majority of the 80-member Republican State Committee approved a platform last month that says the party will “affirm the inherent dignity of human life,” and “the institution of traditional marriage strengthens society.”

Steve Aylward, a committee member who voted for the platform, called Tisei’s decision “surprising for someone who’s always talking about inclusion.”

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  • J__o__h__n

    Has he read the national Republican party’s platform? I don’t remember that as being not pro-life and not anti-gay. Skipping a convention is symbolic. Will he vote against pro-life anti-gay Speaker Boehner?

    • Johan Corby

      It’s symbolic, sure, but the GOP needs people like this to stand up to their completely backward agenda occasionally. Otherwise, they’re going to be completely irrelevant even sooner. He knows the mainline national GOP stance ain’t gonna fly in MA.

      • J__o__h__n

        Why should MA vote for a candidate who will be another vote for the national GOP? He will help keep them in power even if he does vote against them on two issues.

        • Johan Corby

          You dead on. The crazies and dragging down even the more progressive parts of the party for that very reason.

  • Nurse Bevy

    He’d be way more successful as an Independent.

  • John Kenner

    Since our minds develop along with the civilization in which we grow up, we are naturally unfamiliar with the unseen history of the customs and traditions we practice.

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