Former RNC Chair to Host Fundraiser for Gay Mass. Congressional Candidate

The former chair of the Republican National Committee is scheduled to co-host a fundraiser for gay Massachusetts congressional candidate Richard Tisei next week.

The event will take place at Ken Mehlman’s Manhattan home on April 12.

Tisei, who ran for lieutenant governor in the Bay State in 2010, announced his candidacy against long-time Congressman John Tierney in Massachusetts’ newly redrawn Sixth Congressional District last November. Senator Scott Brown is among those who have endorsed Tisei, but Democrats continue to portray the former Massachusetts Senate minority leader as a Tea Party candidate.

“The George W. Bush wing of the Republican Party is going all in for Richard Tisei because they know he will support their radical agenda in Congress,” said Kevin Franck, spokesperson for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, in a statement on April 5. “George W. Bush gave us wars we couldn’t afford, tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires and an economy that was about to fall off a cliff and now the same people who gave us George W. Bush want to elect Richard Tisei to Congress.”

Tisei stressed to supporters who attended a Washington, D.C., fundraiser last month that he would work to advance LGBT rights on Capitol Hill if voters elect him in November. He said in an interview before the event that he feels congressional Republicans should focus more on the economy and less on the need to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act and other LGBT-specific issues.

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