Sep 18, 2019

Rep. Joe Kennedy to announce primary challenge against Sen. Ed Markey

Sen. Ed Markey (left) and Rep. Joe Kennedy. Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) will announce on Saturday his intention to run for Senate in 2020 against sitting Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the Boston Globe reports.

The big picture: Kennedy, the 38-year-old grandson of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, wrote in a Facebook post last month that he is considering a Senate run out of a desire to shape "what kind of party Democrats need to be building for the future." The 73-year-old Markey was co-author of the Green New Deal resolution along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and he has already received a re-election endorsement from AOC and presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warrren (D-Mass.)

Go deeper: Highlights from Kennedy's response to the 2018 State of the Union address

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Joe Kennedy formally launches campaign against senator who sponsored the Green New Deal

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Rep. Joe Kennedy, a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, formally launched his primary challenge today against Sen. Ed Markey.

Why it matters: The dynastic heir — who first won election as a moderate, the AP notes — is portraying his campaign on generational terms. Massachusetts' two senators are each in their 70s, while Kennedy is 38.

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AOC to endorse Bernie Sanders for president

Rep. Ilhan Omar, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a June press conference in Washington, D.C. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president as she appears alongside him at a rally in New York City on Saturday, the Washington Post first reported.

Why it matters: It's a major coup to be endorsed by a members of the influential "Squad," especially as Sanders was starting to flag in the 2020 election polls.

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Rep. Nita Lowey will not seek re-election in 2020

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Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2020.

Why it matters: The 82-year-old Lowey, who has served in Congress for 31 years, is responsible for all spending negotiations as chair of the House Appropriations Committee. The 17th district of New York that she represents is a Democratic stronghold that Hillary Clinton won by 20 points in 2016, according to Roll Call.

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