There are no teabaggers we have to worry about in the race to replace Ed Markey in the deep blue Massachusetts House seat that will be decided a week from today. Most of the candidates are garden variety Democrats looking to advance their careers. True to form, EMILY's List has backed the most conservative woman running, Katherine Clark, best known for her efforts to pass domestic spying legislation in Massachusetts-- yes, a bill that allows people to be spied on without a warrant. Another badly flawed candidate, Will Brownsberger, backs Citizens United and the Keystone XL Pipeline. It's no wonder that a wide coalition of progressive groups have been working hard to elect state Rep. Carl Sciortino and it's no wonder that he's been endorsed by Congressmen Alan Grayson (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Mark Takano (D-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO). All of them have met with Carl and understand why he would be much, much more than just someone who votes right. Carl is a natural progressive leader who has proven himself in the state legislature. It's why Blue America endorsed him 8 months ago.
See that ad up top? Every time it gets played, Carl's ranking goes up. It's essential we keep it up on very expensive broadcast TV. Can you chip in? If the ad runs all week, Carl will win. If you want to help out, you can do it at this link.
Carl's been working tirelessly 7 days a week for this-- though he did take off one day last week, Saturday… to get married! Forget the wedding gift… let's just help him keep that ad running. Along with fighting for an economy that works for everyone, not giving up on an assault weapons ban, and protecting a woman's right to choose, Carl will never stop fighting for everyone's right to share the moment he had with his family and friends this weekend-- no matter who you love, and no matter what state you live in.
UPDATE: Not Too Late
I asked Erin Hill, who runs ActBlue, if it's too late to get money that will be used effectively to Carl today. It certainly isn't too late and that's part of the genius of ActBlue. "The Sciortino campaign," she told me, "uses ActBlue for all their online fundraising, specifically to take advantage of our wiring program. Because of our large economy of scale, ActBlue is able to clear credit cards 'overnight' and wire the funds to the Sciortino campaign the next day. So, every contribution they get into ActBlue by midnight tonight, the Sciortino campaign can spend as cash tomorrow."
Once again, you can do it here.