I feel totally comfortable [in the GOP]. I’m sure that there are a few knuckleheads that will, you know, look at me based on my sexuality as opposed to what I bring to the table. But I’ve got to say, every single person I’ve met so far has made me feel really comfortable.
A lot of members have made it a point to come up to me and tell me that they’re very supportive of me because they believe that the party needs to be more diverse, not only from the standpoint of having a gay member of the caucus, but also from a geographical standpoint. There aren’t very many Northeast Republicans nowadays, and most people recognize that in order to have a truly national party, you have to have members coming from all over the country.”
—Openly gay Republican Richard Tisei, who is in tight race in the House against embattled Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), in The Hill. A spokesman for House Leader John Boehner said, “While they don’t agree on every issue, Richard and the Speaker respect one another.”