The silence after election day gave many the impression that team Tisei had been shell-shocked by the outcome, but Tisei downplayed that notion.
“We were confident (heading into the election), but we were also realistic,” he said. “Defeating an entrenched incumbent is no easy feat. The only surprise was the city of Lynn. We thought we would do a little better there, and that made the difference.”
On election night, Tisei campaign manager Paul Moore told reporters that there were “irregularities” in the Lynn vote, a claim Tisei has repeated. When asked to elaborate, Tisei declined.
“I’ll just stick with what I said before,” he said. “At this point, I accept the results. I have no intention of going further. My campaign manager is a former assistant U.S. attorney and he was concerned about some of the reports of irregularities in Lynn throughout the day, and I understood why he was concerned.”
Tisei said he doesn’t believe there was any widespread voter fraud. The Lynn city clerk has called allegations of irregularities “unfounded” and said she received no complaints from voters or state elections officials. Despite the stinging loss, Tisei said he has no regrets about his decision to run and would do it again.
“When you begin a campaign, the biggest concern you have is will people stand beside you when you go through the fight,” he said.
“I still find it unbelievable that so many people put in so much time and effort to support me. There was a huge group of people who were totally dedicated. It made me feel just terrific.”
Tisei’s next step is to go on a vacation and relax. He hasn’t had a day off in nearly a year, he said, as he has been campaigning almost every day since last November. What comes after that is uncertain, but based on his attitude, there’s a chance that neither voters, nor John Tierney, have seen the last of Richard Tisei.