Openly gay Massachusetts lawmaker announces bid for U.S. House
An openly gay Massachusetts state lawmaker has announced plans to seek a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives should U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D) be successful in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. State Rep. Carl Sciortino (D-Medford) is seeking the Fifth Congressional District seat currently held by Markey, who is currently the front-runner in a special Senate election to replace Kerry, who was nominated and confirmed at Secretary of State. “I am running to continue the strong progressive leadership that the families of the Fifth District have always counted on,” said Sciortino, announcing his candidacy on Facebook. “I look forward to bringing my record of accomplishment to Washington to fight for our progressive values.” Sciortino also endorsed Markey’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate.