BOSTON, MA -- In an unusual television ad featuring his Tea Party father, liberal Democrat and openly gay candidate Carl Sciortino, Jr. will be going on the air tomorrow in the campaign to succeed Ed Markey in Congress.
"My father and I disagree on just about everything," said Sciortino, "I am grateful that he was willing to appear in my TV ad even though he probably thinks he should be running against me."
The 60-second ad, which will air on local networks, highlights Carl Sciortino, Jr.'s liberal positions in favor of gun control, abortion rights, tax reform, pay equity, and equal rights for all Americans. Sciortino's father, Tea Party supporter Carl Sciortino, Sr., disagrees with his son on all of these issues and expressed his frustration at his son's liberal philosophy.
"My son is a Massachusetts Liberal and, what's worse, he's proud of it," says Carl, Sr. playfully. "But I love him anyway."
Sciortino's endorsements include Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) because of his strong liberal record as a four-term state representative and his bold early stand against military action in Syria.
Sciortino was the lone Democrat in the campaign to come out against a missile strike in the early days of the debate. After interviewing all of the Democrats running, the Boston Globe reported on September 3, 2013, that "only one [Sciortino] said today if he were a Congressman, he would oppose authorizing President Obama to use military force in Syria." Six days later, only after the Globe reported "Sciortino pushes opponents on Syria stance," did other candidates come around to Sciortino's position.
Sciortino is also known for his landmark legislation that established a 35-foot buffer zone between abortion clinics and protestors to protect women from harassment â€“ one of the largest of its kind in the nation. The law has been challenged and will be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.