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Governor Patrick's daughter endorses Sciortino in congressional race

Posted by Your Town  October 2, 2013 02:47 PM

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Gov. Deval Patrick’s daughter Katherine recently said she would love it if her father were president some day. On Wednesday she made her best pitch for another elected official.

Rep. Carl Sciortino’s Congressional campaign announced that Katherine Patrick was endorsing his candidacy in the busy 5th Congressional District Democratic primary.

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“This is the first campaign I have gotten to endorse in . . . other than my dad’s,” Katherine Patrick said in a statement released by Sciortino’s campaign.

Katherine Patrick praised Sciortino’s work on LGBT rights, the law requiring a protest-free buffer zone around reproductive health clinics, closing corporate tax loopholes and supporting investments in infrastructure.

She also praised Sciortino’s decision to launch his State House career by challenging and unseating former Rep. Vincent Ciampa of Somerville in 2004.

“Though he and his volunteers were called terrible slurs in one of the most homophobic campaigns Massachusetts has ever seen, Carl beat him by 93 votes and took his spot in the State House. Carl’s got guts, and he will always stand up for his values.”

Asked about his daughter’s endorsement Wednesday, Gov. Patrick said, “I just heard . . . She’s talked to me about it and what’s she’s interested in doing and I’m proud of her.”

The governor said he would not be following his daughter’s lead, and doesn’t plan to endorse in the Democratic primary.

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