Rather than having to look at Democrat Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass) for one more term, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is backing openly gay Republican candidate Richard Tisei, despite Boehner’s efforts to undermine and combat LGBT rights.
Boehner—an active defender of the Defense of Marriage Act and an opponent of both the Employee Non-Discrimination Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—spent Tuesday morning raising funds for Tisei, according to the Huffington Post.
Tisei, for his part, doesn’t seem to mind Boehner’s support, even though the two probably wouldn’t be caught dead talking to each other in any other circumstance.
“The Speaker understands that he and I do not agree on absolutely everything, and that I will often be a voice of independent leadership — particularly if it is not in the interests of the Sixth District,” Tisei said. “I look forward to working with the Speaker as a voice of reason and moderation in Congress to help solve our nation’s problems.”
Boehner’s campaign spokesperson, Cory Fritz, also acknowledged that the two are basically doing this to keep Tierney from getting re-elected.
“While they don’t agree on every issue, Richard and the Speaker respect one another, and we expect Richard will be a strong, independent voice for his Massachusetts constituents that want a new approach to help create jobs and prosperity,” Fritz said in a statement.
Isn’t it nice when two people can put aside trifle differences – like one not recognizing the other’s right to exist – for the sake of the greater GOP good?
Also reaching across the gay aisle is Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) who is supporting Tierney over Tisei, as he claims the latter will set back the fight for gay rights.