Carl Sciortino Jr., a gay man, remembers that tough conversation with his father when he came out...as a liberal.
Carl Sciortino Jr. is a state congressman in Massachusetts, running to fill Ed Markey’s seat in the United States Congress, which Markey vacated to become a senator (replacing John Kerry). Sciortino’s latest ad features Carl Sciortino Sr., the politician’s father and a proud member of the Tea Party. In the ad, the younger Sciortino, a gay man, comes out to his father…as a liberal.
“It was bad enough to take on the big banks and corporations,” complains the elder Sciortino, “and he wrote the buffer zone law!”
“To protect women entering abortion clinics from harassment,” Sciortino Jr. explains.
The ad works because Sciortino Sr. is a really lovable dad who can deliver supposed Tea Party complaints in a way that conveys both that he is a crotchety old man and that he really loves his son. The one minute spot goes down easy, and that has a lot more to do with Sciortino Sr. than Jr. (not the younger Carl is bad, he’s just less of a charmer).
The other piece that makes it a worthwhile ad is that Sciortino Jr. announces that he is a proud liberal. That’s easy enough to do in a liberal Massachusetts district, but it’s something that liberals ought to have more fun with. Republicans have long held a monopoly on pride, and while that correlates with their lack of willingness to change, it helps the GOP build momentum. Both Sciortino’s demonstrate that it’s okay to be proud about what you believe in.