By Laurel J. Sweet
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
GOP congressional candidate Richard Tisei says if elected, he will not be a “rubber stamp” for his party, but instead will follow the lead of fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.
“I think both Scott and I have been successful in the past because we’ve both been independent-minded legislators,” the former an openly gay, pro-choice fiscal conservative said. “We have records of deciding on the issues as opposed to deciding strictly based on party. I think people are sick of that right now. They’re tired of Democratic and Republican. They want people who are problem-solvers, who can really start tackling some of the issues facing our country right now,” the Wakefield moderate told the Herald when asked if he was in unison with U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s apparent efforts to politically distance himself from Republicans and their presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Tisei, a former Wakefield state senator running against long-entrenched Democrat U.S. Rep. John Tierney of Salem, spoke this morning to more than 200 business executives from the North Shore Chamber of Commerce in Danvers.
The former state Senate minority leader later told the Herald that while he voted with former Gov. Romney “54 percent of the time” during his stint on Beacon Hill, “that doesn’t mean you become a rubber stamp,” and a move for both to Washington, D.C., won’t change that.