Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) obtained a high-profile endorsement for reelection Friday from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as he faces a possible main problem from one other younger Democrat with star energy, Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.).
In a video posted on the Markey marketing campaign’s YouTube account, Ocasio-Cortez calls Markey “a robust and progressive champion for working households, not simply in Massachusetts however throughout the nation.”
“He is aware of concerning the problems with our time, and he’s not simply resting on his report of the previous, however he’s aggressively pursuing an agenda for the long run,” says Ocasio-Cortez, who final 12 months at age 29 turned the youngest lady to ever serve in Congress.
Kennedy, 38, the scion of a legendary political household, acknowledged final month that he’s contemplating difficult Markey, 73, subsequent 12 months — a bid that might embrace a name for generational change.
Ocasio-Cortez and Markey labored collectively to develop the Inexperienced New Deal, a blueprint standard amongst progressives that seeks a sweeping renovation of the U.S. economic system to halt man-made local weather change.
In her video, Ocasio-Cortez cites their collaboration, crediting Markey for being “one of many few folks to face up and take an opportunity and take an opportunity on a freshman congresswoman and take an opportunity on this plan.”
Markey is among the many longest-serving members of Congress however a relative newcomer to statewide politics in Massachusetts, successful a 2013 particular election to succeed Sen. John F. Kerry (D) after a 36-year Home profession.
Markey has amassed an extended report on environmental and power points — notably with regards to local weather change, chairing a Home choose committee on the topic from 2007 to 2011 — in addition to on different points. However nationwide prominence has been elusive, and a few Democrats in Massachusetts have come to imagine he’s weak to a youthful challenger.
Kennedy is the son of former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II (D-Mass.) and the grandson of the late senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.), in addition to a grandnephew of President John F. Kennedy and the late senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.).
The youthful Kennedy has not aggressively sought the nationwide highlight till just lately.
Since President Trump’s election, he has often created viral video moments — similar to when Republicans sought unsuccessfully in 2017 to dismantle the Inexpensive Care Act — and gained Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s nod to ship the Democratic response to Trump’s 2018 State of the Union handle.