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Tisei Will Skip State GOP Convention

The Congressional candidate opposes the state committee’s platform, which opposes gay marriage and abortion rights.

Congressional candidate Richard Tisei. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Congressional candidate Richard Tisei. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Congressional candidate Richard Tisei said he will not attend the state Republican convention this weekend because of his opposition to the state committee’s more socially conservative platform.

“I don’t want to go and be seen in any way to be endorsing that,” Tisei told The Boston Globe. “I don’t really feel comfortable being at a convention where the platform takes the party backward, rather than forward, as far as appealing to a large group of Massachusetts voters.”

The Massachusetts Republican State Committee approved language in its party platform last month that includes opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

According to MassLive, the platform includes this about gay marriage:

“We believe the institution of traditional marriage strengthens our society. There should be no infringement on the rights of the people of Massachusetts to vote on ballot initiatives.”

On abortion, it reads:

“We affirm the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life. We believe that every instance of abortion is tragic. We advocate policies that will assist a woman during a crisis pregnancy.” 

Steve Aylward, a state committee member who voted for the platform, said he was surprised by Tisei’s announcement given that Tisei talks about the need for “inclusion” in the Republican Party.

“I don’t understand why he would avoid the convention if that’s his true belief,” Aylward told The Boston Globe. “It raises the question if he wants only inclusive people that agree with him. You can’t be inclusive and exclude.”

Iam Danceswithdachshunds March 21, 2014 at 07:35 AM
Good, the state convention, what there is of one, doesn't want him because he is not a republican anyway. He's just another Mass liberal want-to-be who doesn't have a prayer of unseating Tierney if "thinks" he can gain my vote by insulting the sensibilities of principled conservatism. I defy him to explain how any one-man-one-woman marriage law is not an equal right to homosexuals when all are equally free to marry a person of the opposite sex just as Jim McGreevey did? Among ALL of the other issues facing us from failing Obamacare to Obama's feckless foreign policy to the man made global warming hoax to giving amnesty to people who broke the law sneaking into this country - how in the world could he think that his sexual orientation and position on gay "marriage", which is no different than Tierney's, could win against Tierney?
Maura Racamato March 21, 2014 at 06:10 PM
I like Richard Tisei. I like that he is an independent thinker. All that scandal with Tierney not to mention his voting with democrats every time is too much.
George Georgountzos March 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM
I know a lot of people who politically are pro-choice but who would agree that the number of abortions that occur is tragic. I don't see anything extreme in this language at all, but I'm not a progressive liberal, either.....

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