Yesterday the Boston Globe editorial cited that Katherine Clark, a candidate for Congress in the 5th District, would be open to cutting a deal with House Republicans that would slash Social Security and Medicare. Carl Sciortino, who early in the campaign touted his signing of the Grayson-Takano letter pledging to not cut Social Security and Medicare, issued the following statement:
"It's appalling to me that Katherine Clark would be open to cutting Social Security and Medicare," said Sciortino. "We're Democrats. We're the ones that stand up for seniors--not cave to the Tea Party on the most important social safety net in the last century. I'm proud to stand with Ed Markey in my pledge never to cut these vital American programs."
This new revelation is in direct contrast to a public pledge Clark took in a forum with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee that she would not vote for cuts.
"I call on Katherine Clark to clarify her position on Social Security today," continued Sciortino. "The voters of the 5th District deserve to know whether she stands with Ed Markey against cuts in Social Security, or if she would cave to the Tea Party and vote for cuts in a "grand bargain' as she told the Boston Globe."
Carl 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 fought to close corporate tax-loopholes and raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts. A Tufts alumnus, he resides in Medford with his husband, Pem.