From the Carl Sciortino campaign, July 1: State Rep. Carl Sciortino made the following statement today regarding the role of the People’s Pledge in the special Congressional election to replace Ed Markey.

“I am happy to see other candidates following the lead of our campaign, as we announced last week, we are prepared to sign the people’s pledge, like the one Ed Markey and Steven Lynch signed,” said Sciortino, a candidate in the 5th Congressional District. “I also hope Sen. Brownsberger and the rest of the candidates will join me in my opposition to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which has corrupted the way Americans pick our elected officials.”

The pledge was popularized in last year’s race U.S. Senate race between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown. As described by the Warren campaign, it means that if an independent third party group spends money on TV, radio or online supporting a candidate, that candidate has agreed to pay 50 percent of the cost of airing that ad to a charity of the other candidate’s choice.

Sciortino’s speech, where he encouraged his opponents to join him in signing the People’s Pledge speech is here, starting at 08:50:

http://youtu.be/L_L6cN_7_Hc?t=8m50s

Sciortino represents the 34th Middlesex District in the Massachusetts House, which includes parts of Medford and Somerville. He is the author of the Buffer Zone Bill and Transgender Equal Rights bill and fought to close corporate tax loopholes in Massachusetts. A Tufts alumnus, he lives in Medford with his partner, Pem.