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Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., found Tuesday to apologize according to a top campaign aide retweeted a message about “mental health issues” in the family of Rep. Joe Kennedy, a potential Challenger to Markey Senate seat.
The retweet — the Markey he called “unacceptable” — came only three weeks after Kennedy’s young cousin, Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22, died of an apparent drug overdose.
The Markey aide, Paul of Those, retweeted a post by lawyer James S. Henry, claiming that Markey “is a great Senator,” while Kennedy “should be death to the focus on his family’s significant mental health issues” — an apparent reference to the cousin’s.
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According to Markey, the retweet, and learned, he gave the following statement:
“To show how insensitivity to those who experience mental health problems, is extremely offensive to me. This action by a member of my campaign is unacceptable,” said Markey, according to the Washington Examiner. “It is not in any way my commitment to the issue of mental health treatment and eliminate the stigma that so many families suffer reflects. I am deeply Congressman Kennedy and his entire family to apologize.”
“To show how insensitivity to those who experience mental health problems, is extremely offensive to me. … I deeply apologize to Congressman Kennedy and his entire family.”
— Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
Markey added that he had spoken with the Deputy directly on the matter.
The 38-year-old Kennedy — a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy is reported to have a primary challenge in 2020 compared to the 73-year-old Markey, the New York Times on Saturday. The paper quoted an unnamed Democratic officials, who said Kennedy would you choose for a candidacy in the coming weeks.
Kennedy had previously stated that he planned to be a fifth term in the house, representing Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District, reported Boston.com .
Saoirse Kennedy Hill died Aug. 1, the connection Kennedy in Hyannis Port, Mass. In 2016, she wrote a column in the Deerfield, a student-run newspaper, discussed fights her mental health. Her grandfather is the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was.
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On Sunday, Those apologized for the spread of tweets in the midst of game room. The tweet author, attorney, Henry, deleted the original message, the Washington Examiner reported.
“I absolutely take it back. It was a mistake. I beg your pardon,” Those, said on Twitter. “The tweet was despicable and disgusting. This person should be banned twitter.”
Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.