Carl Scortino is a gay Massachusetts state representative, who won his seat in 2004 campaigning for marriage equality, against an opponent who opposed it. He is a raging progressive, author of a bill that keeps abortion protesters from being able to accost clinic patients, and an outspoken proponent of raising the minimum wage. Rep. Sciortino has been reelected to his seat four times.
Now, Sate Rep. Sciortino is running in the Democratic Primary October 15, for the opportunity to represent Massachusetts’ 5th District in The U.S. House of Representatives. The seat was vacated when Rep. Ed Markey won the special election to replace Senator John Kerry when he resigned the Senate to become Secretary of State.
Yesterday, Sciortino picked up the endorsement the Progressive Caucus, when Rep. Raúl Grijalva and Rep. Keith Ellison, caucus co-chairs, issued this statement:
“Carl Sciortino is the real thing. He is the consistent progressive in the race, having led the fight for the issues we progressives care about for almost 10 years in the state legislature—a higher minimum wage, closing corporate tax-loopholes, protecting a woman’s right to choose, the list goes on and on. Carl Sciortino’s ability to take on these tough fights, and win them, will be an incredible asset to the Progressive Caucus in Congress.”
This week, the primary candidates have finally begun to run TV ads. State Senator Kathleen Clark has made a $60,000 ad buy. Daily Kos reports that her ads focus women’s issues. Rep. Sciortino decided on a whimsical approach, releasing this ad in which he “comes out” to his Tea Party Dad, as a liberal. The ad is getting a lot of free air time on cable news. If you haven’t seen it, have a look:
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