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Gay Republican candidate anticipates a few GOP "knuckleheads" in Congress

LYNNFIELD, Mass. — Richard Tisei knows he might encounter a few “knuckleheads” in the House GOP conference if he joins its ranks as the first openly gay Republican in Congress next year.

But so far, Tisei says, he’s heard only encouragement.

“I feel totally comfortable,” Tisei said during an interview in his campaign headquarters in Lynnfield, Mass.

“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.”

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