Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Behind the Ad: Carl M. Sciortino and his dad

By Richard K. Barry

Who: The Carl M. Sciortino campaign 

Where: Massachusetts

What's going on: Democratic State Representative Carl M. Sciortino is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2013 special election to succeed Ed Markey as a U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 5th district. In a new ad, as explained by the Boston Globe, "Sciortino underlines his liberal credentials in a playful back and forth with his father, who doesn’t share his left-of-center views."

It's a very sweet ad.

As for the nomination race:

The other Democrats running in special primary election in the heavily Democratic district are: state Senators Karen Spilka of Ashland and Will Brownsberger of Belmont; Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian of Waltham; Martin Long, an Arlington author; and Stoneham resident Paul John Maisano, who works in the construction industry.

The primary is on October 15th. The general election is set for Dec. 10th.

Two interesting pieces of analysis from Charlie Cook stand out. The first is that there isn't much ideological distance between Democratic candidates with "the nascent five-way primary for Markey's seat looking more stylistic and geographical in nature, with each Democrat working hard to turn out their friends and neighbors in a low-turnout race." The second is that the Democratic primary could end up being a "free-for-all" though the results for the general are unlikely to be in doubt.

And now Carl and his dad:

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