Monday, November 23, 2009

Charlie Baker Announces Senator Tisei as His Running Mate in 2010 Governor's Race

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker announced today that State Senator Richard Tisei has joined his team as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

“Throughout his career in public service, Richard has built a solid voting record as a fiscal conservative and a reformer of state government,” said Baker, introducing Tisei in his hometown of Wakefield. “If, on Election Day, the people of this Commonwealth stand behind our vision for helping future generations put their stake in the ground and pursue their dreams at home in Massachusetts, Richard Tisei will help the Baker Administration get the job done.”

Speaking to a roomful of supporters, Tisei declared, “I’ve know Charlie for more than 20 years, and I strongly believe with all my heart that he’s the very best hope for the future of the Commonwealth. He’s the right person at the right time to get us out of this mess and to put our state back on track.”

Tisei continued, “Charlie and I share the same philosophy: We understand that the economy needs to be jump-started to get people back to work, that we need to change the ‘business as usual’ attitude on Beacon Hill, and that we need to make Massachusetts more competitive and more affordable.”

Tisei was first elected to the State Senate in 1990 and elected Senate Minority Leader in 2007. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served six years in the State House of Representatives. Elected to the House at age 22, he was the youngest Republican ever elected to the Legislature and he is the longest serving legislator in the Republican delegation.

A resident of Wakefield, Tisei represents the Middlesex and Essex district, which includes Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and Lynnfield.