Take two in competitive House race in Massachusetts
January 22nd, 2014
04:31 PM ET
9 months ago

Take two in competitive House race in Massachusetts

(CNN) - The rematch is on.

A former state lawmaker in Massachusetts who narrowly lost his Republican challenge in 2012 to unseat a Democratic congressman will officially announce his second bid for Congress on Thursday, a GOP official confirmed to CNN.

Former state Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei will kick off his 2014 campaign with an event in his hometown of Wakefield, Massachusetts, in the suburbs north of Boston.

Tisei is a rarity in the GOP. He's openly gay and a supporter of abortion rights and same-sex marriage. But he's also an advocate of smaller government and lower taxes.

In 2012, the 26-year veteran of the Massachusetts state legislature lost by just over 3,000 votes (out of nearly 400,000 cast) to longtime Democratic Rep. John Tierney, who at the time was battling ethics issues. Last year a congressional ethics panel decided not to investigate allegations that Tierney failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars of his wife's income.

Last month Tisei announced he would set up an exploratory committee. If Tisei defeats the nine-term Tierney in November, he would become the first Republican to win a congressional seat in Massachusetts since 1994.

Tisei told the Boston Globe on Monday that he would highlight in his bid how much he says Massachusetts has suffered under Obamacare.

The state's sixth congressional district is located in the northeast part of the state, known as the North Shore, from Lynn north to the New Hampshire border, and is considered the state's least Democratic district.


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  1. jk sfl

    allgop morons with their 1850s agenda are not welcome in Massachusetts or anywhere else in 2014 midterms, get out to vote and kick these gop teaparty losers out of office for good.

    January 22, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Hillary Clinton - Incompetent Secretary of State, Accessory to Murder

    A Republican winning in the brain dead blue state of Massachusetts? Too funny!

    January 22, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Thomas

    @Hillary Clinton – Incompetent Secretary of State, Accessory to Murder
    A Republican winning in the brain dead blue state of Massachusetts? Too funny!

    ====

    Do you work for Jim DeMint or are you a Fox news intern ?

    January 22, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    I would like to know which state the Hillary basher lives in. To call MA brain dead is about as far from the truth as you can get.

    January 22, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Hillary Clinton - Incompetent Secretary of State, Accessory to Murder

    Tierney failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars of his wife's income.
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    We'd all be in jail. Instead this Democrat thief is in Congress. Gotta love it. Equal protection under the law? Of course not.

    January 22, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. tom l

    @Thomas
    "Do you work for Jim DeMint or are you a Fox news intern "
    =====

    Nothing more arrogant than the left. So just because someone thinks different from you they must be paid because obviously you know all. The question still remains whether there will ever be constructive dialogue here or whether it will continue to be a 5th grade classroom?

    January 22, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "A Republican winning in the brain dead blue state of Massachusetts? Too funny!"

    1. He hasn't won jack squat yet, lost last time and his opponent won't be embroiled in ongoing ethics issues next time around.

    2. Pretty convenient for you to try to gloat by calling him a Republican, when in 99.9% of other contexts GOPers/Teatrolls would be calling him a "RINO" and branding him a heretic to be ostracized from the cult.

    January 22, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Thomas

    @tom l

    Nothing more arrogant than using Hillary Clinton – Incompetent Secretary of State, Accessory to Murder as your name .

    You would have to be paid to have that tattoo !

    January 22, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Ol' Yeller

    "Nothing more arrogant than the left. So just because someone thinks different from you they must be paid because obviously you know all. The question still remains whether there will ever be constructive dialogue here or whether it will continue to be a 5th grade classroom?"

    Oh... I don't know. What grade will you be in when you stop trying to a smear a nice lady from Texas who has done nothing to you, yet you insist on spreading the half/truths and outright lies you picked up from hannity and oreally?

    January 22, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "Nothing more arrogant than the left. So just because someone thinks different from you they must be paid because obviously you know all. The question still remains whether there will ever be constructive dialogue here or whether it will continue to be a 5th grade classroom?"
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    You will find constructive dialogue whenever you have some to offer. You have a habit of manufacturing both sides of an argument, then challenging someone to defend the merits of the false narrative that you've created. Is that your idea of constructive discussion, constructing two sides of an argument as if you were a debate coach?

    January 23, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    How about if we renew our voter registration every so many years, just like you would a driver's license? I think the renewal period should be long enough to vote for several years, and at least two general elections. How does ten years sound? That's how often a census is taken and districts are redrawn.

    January 23, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |