Richard Tisei

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Richard Tisei
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 6
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next primarySeptember 9, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate
1991-2011
Education
High schoolLynnfield High School
Bachelor'sAmerican University
Personal
BirthdayAugust 13, 1962
Place of birthSomerville, MA
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
Websites
Campaign website
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Richard R. Tisei is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[1]

He was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[2] He was defeated by Democratic incumbent John Tierney on November 6, 2012.[3]

Tisei represented the Middlesex and Essex district in the Massachusetts State Senate from 1990 to 2011 and served as Minority Leader in the Massachusetts State Senate from 2007 to 2011.

Biography

Tisei was born in Someville, MA, and is a longtime resident of the 6th Congressional District. Tisei earned his Bachelor's degree in 1984 at American University.[4]

Career

Tisei represented the Middlesex and Essex district in the Massachusetts State Senate from 1990 to 2011 and served as Minority Leader in the Massachusetts State Senate from 2007 to 2011.

His other political experience includes being the assistant minority leader for the Massachusetts State Senate from 1997-2006; he was also the second assistant minority floor leader for the Massachusetts Senate from 1993-1996. Tisei was a representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1985-1991; and chair for Weld for Governor campaign in 1990, and served on the Middlesex County Charter Commission from 1986-1988.

Tisei has professional experience as a business owner and a realtor since 1991.[5]

Issues

Controversy

Campaign accounts

Reports circulated in July 2014 that Tisei, a former state Senator, spent funds from his legislative campaign account on polling for a congressional bid in 2012. Under campaign finance law, this is prohibited as only federal funds may be spent on federal races.[6]

Republican convention

Tisei announced on March 21, 2014, that he would not attend the state Republican convention because of his opposition to the state committee’s more socially conservative platform.[7][8] The Massachusetts Republican State Committee approved language in its party platform in February 2014 that included opposition to abortion and gay marriage.[7][9]

“I don’t want to go and be seen in any way to be endorsing that. 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,” Tisei said.[7] Tisei, who is gay, got married in 2013.[9]

Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website, Tisei listed seven issues. They were:[10]

  • Jobs

Excerpt: "I will fight tirelessly to put Washington on a path to fewer regulatory burdens, lower debt, and overall conditions which promote job growth."

  • Debt

Excerpt: "The common sense approach to budgeting that we each follow in our households must be forced upon the spenders in Washington if we’re to preserve our way of life for future generations."

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "I will support common-sense legislation which results in lower health care costs and less bureaucratic red tape interfering in the health care decisions of the people."

  • Seniors

Excerpt: "I support the Earned Retiree Healthcare Benefits Protection Act, which will protect the retirement health benefits of our nation’s seniors. That legislation would prohibit post-retirement reductions in benefits — as well as providing employers with a substantial hardship exemption if the employers were truly unable to restore post-retirement benefits which had been promised to retirees (to be determined by the Secretary of Labor)."

  • Iran and Israel

Excerpt: "Israel stands as a nearly solitary bastion of liberty and freedom in the Middle East. She’s our closest ally and we have a special duty to ensure her continued survival."

  • Veterans

Excerpt: "As a state legislator, I was a strong advocate for our veterans. I helped them obtain needed benefits and advocated for the Chelsea Soldiers Home. I helped pass a law which established a “veteran’s preference” in public housing. As your Congressman, I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our veterans receive the full assistance they deserve."

  • Education

Excerpt: "As a state legislator, I supported school choice, home schooling, and the establishment of charter schools. I was also a strong advocate for merit pay for our best teachers. Giving parents more control and placing less of an emphasis on test results and more of an emphasis on actual learning in the classroom remain my priorities."[10]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Tisei is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Massachusetts' 6th District. Tisei is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[11]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Tisei to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[12][13]

Endorsements

  • The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed Tisei on February 25, 2014.[14]

2012

See also: Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Tisei ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Massachusetts' 6th District. Tisei won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[15] He ran unopposed in the September 6, 2012 Republican primary, after Bill Hudak suspended his campaign.[16] Incumbent Democrat John Tierney is seeking re-election.

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Daniel Fishman took in over 13,000 more votes than the number that separated Tierney and Tisei.[17]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Tierney Incumbent 46.4% 180,942
     Republican Richard Tisei 45.3% 176,612
     Libertarian Daniel Fishman 4.3% 16,739
     N/A All Others 0.1% 514
     N/A Blank Votes 3.9% 15,045
Total Votes 389,852
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Race Background

According to the Washington Post, Massachusetts' 6th was a battleground district in 2012, with redistricting making it less solidly Democratic. Furthermore, Democratic incumbent John Tierney faced PR issues and Tisei was a strong candidate with the potential to be the first openly gay, non-incumbent Republican congressman.[18]

According to the Washington Post, John Tierney had also been the target of attack ads from YG Action Fund, a conservative PAC supergroup. This highlights a trend in which super PACs have attempted to swing vulnerable house seats through strategic advertising. These ads were not solicited by the Tisei campaign, but his spokeswomen voiced her support for them.[19]

Media

Tisei released the campaign ad below on December 6, 2011. It is featured on his 2012 campaign website.[20]


Richard Tisei, "What People Are Saying"[21]

2010

See also: Massachusetts lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Tisei faced Tim Murray (D) and Rick Purcell (G) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Murray won election.

2010 Massachusetts lieutenant gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Tim Murray 48.44%
     Republican Party Richard Tisei 42.09%
     Independent Paul Loscocco 8.04%
     Green Party Rick Purcell 1.43%
Total Votes 2,287,407

2008

On November 4, 2008, Tisei was re-elected senator for the Massachusetts Senate for the Middlesex and Essex district.[22] In this election he raised $263,850-; of that total $255,734 (97.4%) was from in state contributions and $6,837 (2.6%) was from out of state contributions.[23]

Massachusetts State Senate - Middlesex and Essex district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Tisei (R) 56,460
All Others 743
Blanks 21,775

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tisei's reports.

Richard Tisei (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$0$17,510$(10,841)$7,606
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$7,606$119$(6,097)$1,628
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2014$1,628$158$(0)$1,786
Year End[27]January 31, 2014$1,786$434,768$(42,549)$394,005
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$394,005$301,343$(126,093)$569,256
Running totals
$753,898$(185,580)

2012

Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Tisei lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Tisei's campaign committee raised a total of $2,353,475 and spent $2,352,537.[29]

2008

In 2008 Richard Tisei collected $263,850 in donations.[30]

Four of his largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Richard Tisei $16,000
Lorenzo Lepore $1,000
Retired Public Employees $1,000
Daniel Grabauskas $1,000

Personal

Richard Tisei has three sisters. He lives in Wakefield, Massachusetts, with his partner of 18 years.[31]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Tewksbury Advocate, "Tisei renews Congressional battle," accessed February 3, 2014
  2. Washington Blade, "Tisei considers rematch in 2014 congressional election," accessed October 28, 2013
  3. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  4. Project Vote Smart - Senator Tisei
  5. Project Vote Smart - Senator Tisei
  6. Boston Globe, "Officials appear to misuse Mass. campaign funds," accessed July 29, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Hamilton Wenham Patch, "Tisei Spurns GOP Convention," accessed March 24, 2014
  8. Glouster Times, "Tisei skips GOP convention over gay rights stand," accessed March 24, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Boston Globe, "Richard Tisei to boycott GOP convention," accessed March 24, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Richard Tisei for Congress, "Issues" August 14, 2012
  11. Washington Blade, "Tisei considers rematch in 2014 congressional election," accessed October 28, 2013
  12. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
  13. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  14. Washington Post, "LGBT group to back two gay Republicans for Congress," accessed February 26, 2014
  15. Open Secrets, "Massachusetts Congressional District 6 Election 2012" accessed January 5, 2012
  16. Yahoo News "Congressional Candidate Bill Hudak Suspends 2012 Campaign" (Accessed October 4, 2012)
  17. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  18. Washington Post blog, "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  19. The Washington Post, "Conservative super PACs targeting blue-state Democrats," Sept. 17, 2012
  20. Tisei's Campaign Website (Accessed: October 4, 2012)
  21. YouTube channel
  22. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes For Massachusetts State Election - November 4, 2008," accessed March 18, 2014
  23. Follow the Money 2008
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed March 4, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed March 4, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed March 4, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 4, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
  29. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed July 2014
  30. 2008 contributors to Richard Tisei
  31. Tisei's Campaign Website, Biography (Accessed: October 4, 2012)
Political offices
Preceded by
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Massachusetts State Senate Middlesex and Essex
1991–2011
Succeeded by
Katherine Clark