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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, on Friday endorsed the re-election of Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a champion of the “Green New Deal” against a potential primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy III.
“Ed Markey is a proud and strong progressive champion for working families-not only in Massachusetts but throughout the country,” she said.
Markey, 73, entered to win the Senate in the 2013 special election before a full term the following year. The 38-year-old Kennedy, a grandson of the late senator and Minister of justice, Robert F. Kennedy, was first elected to the house in 2012.
The confirmation seemed to be too personal for Ocasio-Cortez, received early support from the Markey for their ambitious proposals to tackle the specter of climate change.
“As I will discuss for the first time at the Congress, and we started to, big bold plans, a solution to the extent of the crisis, many members cringe,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a video released on Friday.
“A lot of people said, we can’t too much to do, we can’t go to the show too quickly, that changes for the American people,” she added. “And Ed Markey was one of the few people who had the courage to stand up and take a chance and take a chance on a freshman Congressman.”
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Markey, one of the sponsors of the resolution, the “Green New Deal was the press” in the Senate. The Massachusetts senator also pushed cap-and-trade legislation early in former President Obama’s administration.
Ocasio-Cortez, a plan came to symbolize progressive ” aggressive agenda on the environment. She stood in front of the pushback from members of their own party, such as sen Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also impressive attacks from Republicans, who called it a “socialist.” Conservative groups have estimated would be the plan costs trillions of dollars and inflict a heavy financial impact on American families.
Their approval seemed to fit the challenge to the Democratic establishment with their plate. While Kennedy is in favour of the freshman congressmen of the “Green New Deal” and his family’s political loyalty in Massachusetts.
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Ocasio-Cortez said that Markey is the willingness to take a chance was her plan, “emblematic” of who he was. “He’s not just resting on its record of the past. He is aggressive an agenda for the future followed.”
While Markey has the support of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass companions., and prominent liberal advocacy groups, he has the drawn-out Kennedy in polling. A Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll earlier this month showed Markey with only 26 percent of primary voters support, compared to 35 percent for Kennedy.
Kennedy is expected that a decision on a difficult Markey until the end of September.