After hoping to fill Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey’s 5th congressional district spot, Massachusetts state representative Carl Sciortino lost his congressional bid on October 15 as he came in third in the Democratic contest. Sciortino later tweeted Senator Katherine Clark’s victory.
“Congratulations to @KClarkCongress. A huge thank you to my awesome campaign and all of my wonderful supporters #ma5,” the openly gay representative tweeted.
Clark received 32 percent of the vote while runner-up Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian had 22 percent, according to the Associated Press. Sciortino had 16 percent of the vote.
“Carl had a strong showing in a race that was an uphill battle from the get-go,” Freedom to Marry national campaign director Marc Solomon said in a press statement. “Even though he didn’t win, he inspired people all across the state and the country with his passion for liberal ideals and his decency and goodness. He has a great future in front of him as a leader advancing equality for the LGBT community and justice for us all.”
Endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, Sciortino released a hilarious viral campaign about coming out as progressive to his Tea Party father. His achievements as a state lawmaker have been aiding in legalizing a transgender civil rights law and fighting a constitutional amendment that would ban the state’s marriage equality law.
On October 6, Sciortino married his partner, Pem Brown, in Boston at the Old South Meeting House. They have been together for over 5 years.