Many politicians bring family members into their political ads but most strike out.
Carl Sciortino, a Democratic state representatives running for Congress in Massachusetts, isn’t one of them.
Sciortino’s ad with his father is about as hot as an ad gets right now.
Sciotino is also gay, but that didn’t come up in the ad. It didn’t need to. He says telling his father that he is a liberal was a bigger deal to the old man than telling him he’s gay.
The elder Sciotino doesn’t face any conflict about whether to vote for a guy who doesn’t share his views. He doesn’t live in the district.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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