Last week the major dailies in Boston–the Globe and the Herald–endorsed Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican running to represent Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Today brings news that four more local papers have given Tisei their backing, saying he’ll bring an independence sorely needed in Washington.
“The time has come for voters to back candidates who have the desire to put people before party, the talent to bring a fresh approach to seemingly intractable problems and a willingness to work in concert to move the country forward,” said the editorial board of The Salem News.
“Tisei is a member in good standing of the Bill Weld wing of the Republican Party who believes, as he put it, ‘that government should be off your back, out of your wallet and away from the bedroom.’ That works for us,” the Boston Herald editorial said.
Tisei is one of 8 openly gay, lesbian and bisexual federal candidates endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund this year. He would be the only out Republican in Congress, and the first out GOP candidate to win a seat in the House as a non-incumbent.