Looks at 2014 congressional bid
Former State Senate Minority Leader and 2012 Congressional candidate Richard Tisei has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission as a first step towards a potential candidacy for U.S. Congress. Tisei is openly gay.
“Like most Americans I have been deeply disturbed by the dysfunction we are witnessing in Washington. The critical challenges facing our country have not diminished since 2012. Rather, they seem to be getting worse. The hyper-partisanship exhibited by both parties on a daily basis has created a stranglehold on our government and is preventing us from moving forward.”
“We are a great country, but we clearly have reached a point where we need new leadership and a fresh start. We need more responsible Republicans and fewer divisive Democrats in Washington who are willing to stop the name calling, put party aside, and begin to seriously work together to do what is right for America.”
“The creation of this committee will allow me to more actively explore a potential campaign for the 6th Congressional Seat in the 2014 midterm elections. I hope to be able to make a formal announcement regarding my plans later this Fall.”
The 2012 race in the North Shore-based district was one of most closely watched in the nation. The final results were also among the closest in the nation with Tisei taking 29 of the 39 communities comprising the 6th District and coming within 1 percentage point of capturing the seat.
Tisei served for 26 years in the Massachusetts House and Senate, rising to Senate minority leader. This past April, he was recognized by the non-partisan Massachusetts Women’s Caucus with a “Good Guy” award for his service in the legislature where he championed many bipartisan issues important to women and the Commonwealth’s human service delivery network.
Richard and his partner, Bernie Starr, are residents of Wakefield. They were married in July and are small business owners, operating a local real estate firm.