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Gay MA Lt. Gov. Candidate

Timothy Kincaid

November 23rd, 2009

Massachusetts residents are going to have the opportunity to vote for an openly gay Lieutenant Governor. Or, at least if they are Republican, they will be. (Boston.com)

Gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker followed a Massachusetts Republican tradition on Monday by selecting a veteran state legislator to be his running mate in next year’s election.

Baker, the former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care president, tapped Sen. Richard Tisei as his ally for a primary against fellow Republican Christy Mihos. The winner faces the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Deval Patrick, and state Treasurer Timothy Cahill, who is running as an independent, in the November 2010 general election.

Tisei is the minority leader in the Senate. And while it was long an “open secret” that he’s gay, last week he made his orientation public, saying “It is not exactly a news flash. I don’t think people really care these days.’”

Tisei, who owns a real estate company in Lynnfield, is the most veteran Republican in the Senate, have first won election in 1984 at the age of 22. Now 47, he served six years in the House before winning the first of ten consecutive two-year terms in the Senate.

While describing himself as a fiscal conservative, Tisei is considered a social liberal. He revealed last week that he is gay, and he has supported efforts to legalize gay marriage in Massachusetts. Baker recently revealed his brother is gay, and he has been a longtime supporter of gay marriage.

Baker has the support of the Republican party structure in Massachusetts and the endorsement of the four prior Republican governors (yes, including Mitt Romney).

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Burr
November 23rd, 2009 | LINK

I’m reading that Mihos supported same sex marriage in 2006 but that it should go to a popular vote. Is he still for a popular vote on the issue?

Anyway it’s good to see people have viable options instead of being antagonized into one of them.

CB
November 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Sorry, I still believe that a Republican vote is a vote against civil rights and gay rights. Civil rights is judiciary, not for a popular vote. If we go back in history, how do you think a popular vote would have gone to abolish slavery? Women’s right to vote?

Swampfox
November 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Good.

Christopher Waldrop
November 24th, 2009 | LINK

CB, in the US the right of women to vote (allowed by the 19th Amendment) was essentially put up to a popular vote, since amendments have to be passed by Congress then ratified by either state legislatures or by ratifying conventions.

That’s one of the things that made the prospect of a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage so frightening. It probably would easily pass the required number of state legislatures without any serious consideration of the implications.

Rick Y
April 11th, 2010 | LINK

Richard Tisei will make a great LT. Gov. He has experience, knowledge and the ability to weave through the mess at the Gold Top. He is a great man and everyone should vote for him.

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