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Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., announced on Saturday that he is mounting a primary challenge to Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., in the next year.
The 38-year-old Kennedy — the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy formally his candidacy, announced in a community center in Boston after weeks of rumors that he’s mulling the race.
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“Donald Trump is forced a long overdue reckoning in America, and how we respond will say everything about who we are,” Kennedy told supporters. “We will take back the broken system that gave occasion to him in the first place — the outdated structures and old laws, the daily oppressions and injustices of our people.”
The democratic U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., Shafts, Fans to announce how he is in East Boston to his candidacy for the Senate Saturday. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
Kennedy should win, he would serve the fourth Kennedy, the Senate candidate, his grandfather and his great-uncle John F. Kennedy (the 35th President, and Edward Kennedy. Edward Kennedy was the last member of the prestigious political family, won run for the Senate, the election in the year 1962.
The challenge to Markey, 73, is likely to leave local Democrats, including a 2020 presidential candidate and fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with a difficult choice, who back to.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, has introduced Markey, with whom she worked approved, closely related to the Green New Deal resolution in the Congress this year.
“Ed Markey is a proud and strong progressive champion for working families-not only in Massachusetts but throughout the country,” she said last week.
Sen. Ed Markey addresses delegates during the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic party Convention in Springfield. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, file)
Markey, the thousands of young climate change activists gathered in Boston on Friday as part of a global, youth-led day of environmental action, the support of many environmental activists. One of these groups — environment-Massachusetts — has vowed to raise $to help 5 million, Markey win re-election.
Kennedy positioned himself as a pragmatic Democrat, when he was elected for the first time in the Congress in 2012, there has been adopted a number of left-wing attitudes. He has supported impeachment proceedings against President Trump, “Medicare for all” and the Green New Deal. In the year 2018, the Kennedy, the democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union address gave.
To criticize, in spite of the blue-on-blue challenge, Kennedy has still not moved Markey.
“Senator Markey is a good man,” he said. “This will be a tough race.”
But Markey responded on Saturday with a challenging Kennedy, along with other primary opponents to a debate about how the answer to the question of climate change-an issue he has supported for decades. He suggested that it be held in November.
“I was very disappointed by the Democratic National Committee to hold refusal to a debate on climate change for our presidential candidate,” said Markey in a video message. “So, today, I am challenging Congressman Joe Kennedy, Shannon Liss-Riordan and Steve Pemberton to a climate change debate, and do it very quickly.”
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“For the next generation, we can’t wait,” he said.
Liss-Riordan, an employee-rights lawyer, and Pemberton, a former senior executive at Walgreens, are also challenging Markey.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.