Richard Tisei is running a highly competitive campaign for Congress that could give Republicans their first House seat in Massachusetts in 16 years. And if Mitt Romney were going to have coattails, this is where they would be helping.
But the gay, pro-choice Tisei, a former state legislator who helped Romney secure some of his most important victories as governor of Massachusetts, is not exactly the typical face of the Republican Party. And with the former governor trailing President Obama by about 20 percentage points in Massachusetts, Tisei is keeping his distance.
“I consider myself a Goldwater conservative. My philosophy is, I’m a live-and-let-live Republican. My philosophy is, the government should get off your back, out of your wallet and away from the bedroom,” Tisei said earlier this month at a deli in this working-class hamlet near where he grew up.