Carl Sciortino (photo: Courtesy Sciortino for Congress)
Now that Edward Markey has won the U.S. Senate seat for Massachusetts, openly gay Massachusetts state Rep. Carl Sciortino is officially announcing his intention to fill Markey's former Congressional seat.
Sciortino launched his campaign to represent the 5th Congressional District on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse today.
Here's from the press release from his campaign:
“This race is not going to be about who is the woman’s candidate or the gay candidate or the law and order candidate,” said Sciortino. ... “It’s going to be about who is the progressive Democratic leader who has always been there and always will be there to fight for progressive values.”
Sciortino continued, “As Governor Patrick said last year, we need Democrats with backbone. From my very first campaign, through my legislative accomplishments, I have maintained the view that the toughest challenges have to be met head on. I’m the only candidate for Congress in this race who enthusiastically supported Governor Patrick’s effort to make generational investments in transportation and education, to create jobs and move our economy forward.”
Sciortino also contrasted himself with the other candidates in the race.
“I’m the only candidate who has stood up for workers rights, veterans rights, immigrants rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, LGBT rights and privacy rights every day I’ve served in this state legislature. No other candidate in this race can say that.”
Sciortino, who coincidentally launched his campaign on the same day as the Supreme Court handed down decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act, also addressed the rulings.
“When I first ran for State Representative in 2004, I couldn’t have imagined how much progress we would make on marriage equality in nine short years. We are headed to the day to all couples have the right to marry whoever they love in any state in the country. But we are not there yet. Today is a great step forward for the thousands of couples living in states with marriage equality, and I’m so proud of Massachusetts for being a leader for equal rights. We must keep working until there is true marriage equality in every state.”
Carl Sciortino represents the 34th Middlesex District in the Massachusetts House, which includes parts of Medford and Somerville. He is the author of the Buffer Zone Bill, The Transgender Equal Rights bill, and fought to close corporate tax loopholes in Massachusetts. A Tufts alumnus, he resides in Medford with his partner, Pem.
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