Richard R. Tisei is out of step with his party and Mitt Romney on several notable issues, and views his candidacy as a return to a brand of socially moderate, fiscally conservative Republicanism that once flourished in the Northeast but has all but vanished in recent years. The question is whether Tisei can truly be independent in a House that has lurched to the right in recent years and is run by conservatives, John Boehner and Eric Cantor, known for trying to maintain strict discipline.
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