Tisei, who said his biggest mistake in 2012 was not pushing back against charges he espoused extreme political views, was optimistic about his chances in a race with no independent candidate and without Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren on the ballot to bring Democrats out to the polls. Additionally, he said Fishman has appeared at some of his rallies, showing an effort to lure at least some of Fishman’s 2012 supporters to vote for him this year.
At the same time, Tisei has a new team with some young faces he said would help him with a better grass-roots campaign.
Tisei hired as campaign manager Ryan Gough who, at 26, already has directed operations for the Iowa Republican Party in 2012, served for about a year as the Virginia state director for the Republican National Committee and was floated as a possible candidate for executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party.
Charlie Szold, a 2011 graduate of American University who worked with Gough in Iowa, is his communications director.
Tisei described a 2014 plan that echoes his last bid, running as a fiscally right-leaning man with a few socially liberal views. He said most people in the district follow the same philosophy as he does, and he pointed to the 2012 results, which he said showed more than 52 percent of voters choosing someone other than Tierney.
“I think philosophically, they’re like me, they want government off their back, out of their wallet and away from the bedroom,” he said.
While he criticized the federal Affordable Care Act, he said repealing it was not realistic. Rather, he would like to see Massachusetts exempted from some of its provisions, essentially bringing the state back to its original 2006 health care system, while working on national fixes.
“The best thing to do now is to sit down and figure out how to make it work,” he said.