November 23, 2009
MA GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker Chooses Openly Gay Senator Richard Tisei as Running Mate: "Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican running to become the governor of Massachusetts, has chosen State Sen. Richard Tisei, who is openly gay, as his running mate. Baker issued the following on his Twitter account this morning: 'Want you to be the first to know: I’ve chosen State Senator Richard Tisei as my running mate. Excited about this team.' Tisei is the Senate Minority Leader, and played a key role in the fight to retain marriage equality in Massachusetts."
Tisei publicly discosed to the Boston Globe last week that he is gay: "Tisei was first elected to the House at age 22 and moved to the Senate in 1991. His sexual orientation has been an open secret on Beacon Hill, and he disclosed it publicly yesterday in an interview with the Globe, anticipating the scrutiny that would accompany a statewide candidacy. 'It is not exactly a news flash,' he said . 'I don’t think people really care these days.' "