Albano plays down “Albano: 2016” YouTube videos

Albano was re-elected this month to a second, two-year term on the Governor's Council.

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BOSTON (SHNS) – The elections are barely in the rearview mirror for most candidates, but Michael Albano, the former mayor of Springfield and member of the Governor’s Council, is already thinking about 2016.

Albano was re-elected this month to a second, two-year term on the council, which vets the governor’s judicial appointments.

Yet just two weeks after his victory, Albano has already posted three videos to YouTube under the headline Albano: 2016. The first was actually posted on Nov. 3, the day before the election.

The newest video is a parody on Lincoln’s new car commercials featuring Matthew McConaughey behind the wheel. The spot opens with Albano in the driver’s seat repeating the opening line from the McConaughey commercial: “Sometimes you have to go back to actually move forward, to go back to see where you came from.”

Albano, rubbing his fingers together as McConaughey does, talks about his efforts to protest the Vietnam War and oppose the “misguided war in Iraq.” “I remember reaching for the goals of affirmative action and fighting for marriage equality. I’m not sure what the next battle will be, but I know I will be ready,” he says at the end of the video.

Albano told the News Service Monday that he’s not gearing up for a run for any specific office.

“I’m trying to have a little fun. Things move awful quick in this business,” he said. “If you look at my bank account you’ll see I’m definitely not looking at anything. But you always try to deter opposition and keep your options open at the same time.”

Albano had $1,592 in his campaign account at the end of October.

Over the weekend, Albano also released an essay through his campaign expressing concerns over the United States’ continued military involvement in Afghanistan and Congress’s vote to authorize military action in northern Iraq to fight ISIS.

Albano wrote that U.S. Reps. Richard Neal and Stephen Lynch voted to authorize military action “to my great disappointment.”

Asked if he was eyeing Neal’s seat, the Longmeadow Democrat said, “He’s not going anywhere. He’s an old friend.”

Albano continued, “I’m up for re-election in 2016 so just getting ready. But I’ve been an anti-war guy for some time so nothing unusual.”

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