_ is preparing to step up his campaign, announcing plans to open a campaign headquarters in Lynnfield on Saturday, Jan. 21.
But if the North Shore is home for Tisei, he recognizes that the GOP-rich Merrimack Valley will be the key to defeating Bill Hudak for the Republican nomination in the reconfigured 6th Congressional District.
On Monday, Jan. 9, Tisei stopped by the Bunting Club, to speak with members of the Tewksbury Republican Committee.
Tisai, who ran unsuccessfully for Lt. Governor in 2010, spent quite a while fielding questions from those in attendance. Many of the questions dealt with where Tisei stands on traditional conservative issues.
"I'm a Goldwater conservative," said Tisei, referring to the late Arizona senator. "I believe the government should get off your back, out of your wallet and away from the bedroom."
Tisei spent much of his time denouncing government waste, which he said can be found "marbled" throughout the "meat" of the federal government. He also singles out the Tea Party movement for revitalizing the conservative movement.
"The Tea Party has been a God-send to (Republicans)," he said. "They have been the people who work the country up and made it realize it was about to go over a cliff."
If Tisei can survive the primary fight with Hudak, he will be looking to unseat _
In addition to Tisei, _, making official his challenge to Democratic state Rep. Jim Micelli. State Rep. Paul Adams also spoke to the gathering.