Kennedy to challenge Markey for Mass. Senate

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 9:54 AM PT — Friday, September 20, 2019
Another member of the Kennedy clan has their eyes on a Senate seat. Following in the footsteps of his granduncles John and Ted, sources close to Joseph Kennedy III say he will announce his candidacy in Boston this weekend. The 38-year-old grandson of Robert Kennedy has been laying down the foundation for a run by building up staff and filing preliminary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission last month.
Kennedy is challenging 73-year-old Ed Markey, who has served in Congress since 1976 — four years before Kennedy was born. Markey represented Massachusetts’s 7th Congressional District from 1976 until 2013 when he won a special election to take to the Senate in a special election to fill John Kerry’s seat after he was nominated for secretary of state.

FILE – In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., speaks during a news conference in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
While Kennedy has name recognition, Markey has been endorsed by fellow Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
“We need Ed Markey in the Senate to keep our country and our common wealth moving forward,” said Warren. “Ed is my friend and my partner in the Senate — I’ve got his back and I know that he will always have yours.”
Along with Warren, Markey has gotten an endorsement from millennial Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who joined him in sponsoring the Green New Deal.
“And Ed Markey was one of the few people that had the courage to stand up and take a chance,” said the New York representative. “And take a chance on a freshman Congresswoman, and take a chance on this plan.”
A Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll conducted after Labor Day found Kennedy leading Markey by nine points in a head-to-head match up. While the two men are politically similar, a Kennedy-Markey contest will gain national attention and put high-profile Democrats in an awkward position as both seek endorsements.
FILE – In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., talks to volunteers while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the New Hampshire for Warren kick off field office opening in Manchester, N.H. Kennedy plans to announce on Saturday, Sept. 21, that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., in the 2020 Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)

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