“will confront a buzz saw of Washington Democrats if he takes the leap to challenge the Massachusetts senator, a move that would create a massive distraction for the party”
Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) is contemplating a challenge to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) for the seat he currently holds. Joe has aspirations for much higher office, and he doesn’t want to wait, but other members of his party are pushing back.
‘I would tell Joe to wait’: Democrats warn Kennedy against challenging Markey
Joe Kennedy doesn’t have to just beat incumbent Ed Markey to win a Senate seat. He’ll also have to trounce Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Senate Democrats’ campaign arm — and maybe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The 38-year-old congressman and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy will confront a buzz saw of Washington Democrats if he takes the leap to challenge the Massachusetts senator, a move that would create a massive distraction for the party in a safe Democratic state amid a battle for both the White House and the Senate majority.
“That kind of intraparty fighting is not good in the long term. And I don’t think it will be good for Joe Kennedy,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) warned. “I’m a survivor of the [Ted] Kennedy-[Jimmy] Carter fight. I know how long those sentiments last.”
With Kennedy flirting with the race and leading in early polls, Markey has moved quickly to shore up support from both the Washington establishment and prominent progressives. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) has endorsed him, and Schumer said the party is “fully behind Sen. Ed Markey.”
In this recent interview on CBS News in Boston, Kennedy says that he is for abolishing the Electoral College and setting term limits for Supreme Court justices:
If Elizabeth Warren wins the presidency in 2020, someone needs to fill her Senate seat. Joe might not get picked to fill it, so he’s not taking any chances.
On a related note, you’ll be shocked to learn Kennedy is supporting Warren’s bid for president.
CBS News reports:
Joe Kennedy III stumps for Elizabeth Warren as he mulls Senate bid
Poised in the corner of an unassuming third-floor office suite, the heir apparent to one of America’s most enduring political dynasties touted his pick for president.
“If I didn’t think [Elizabeth] Warren would make a good president…” Representative Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts paused mid-sentence. “I am wholeheartedly behind her. I stand by her,” the 38-year-old Democratic lawmaker said emphatically, standing before a panel wallpapered with “NH for Warren” and “Women for Warren” placards.
Warren, on the other hand, is backing Markey:
On the surface, there was nothing particularly remarkable about a Massachusetts congressman touting a Massachusetts senator in her bid for the White House. But Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, is considering a primary challenge against the state’s current senator, Ed Markey, who just weeks ago earned a glowing endorsement from none other than Warren.
“Senator Elizabeth Warren here,” the presidential candidate said in a video on YouTube, “to throw my full support behind my great partner in the United State Senate, Ed Markey.”
As a resident on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I’ve made my position on this pretty clear:
Remember during the 2016 election when a lot of people were saying no more Clintons, no more Bushes? The same applies to Kennedys.https://t.co/nWGwvrM7hI
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) September 6, 2019
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