Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) said she would support Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Trump escalates fight over tax on tech giants Sanders's Massachusetts state director 'moves on' from campaign MORE III (D-Mass.) if he decided to run for U.S. senator.

Sinema said she is encouraging Kennedy to become a Senate candidate for the 2020 race. The moderate Democrat worked with Kennedy as a House representative. 

“Joe Kennedy is an outstanding champion for his state. I worked closely with him in the U.S. House where he has relentlessly tackled challenges facing America’s everyday families," Sinema said in a statement provided to The Hill. "He’s a fresh thinker who can bring people together to get things done. He will make a terrific U.S. Senator and I couldn’t be more proud to support my friend.”

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Politico was first to report the support.

If Kennedy, who is considering a Senate bid were to run, he'd go up against Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyUS must act as journalists continue to be jailed in record numbers Warren proposes 'Blue New Deal' to protect oceans There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (D-Mass.) in the primary.

A Suffolk University/Boston Globe survey found Kennedy leading Markey in a theoretical head-to-head.

Other Democratic lawmakers have indicated they would support Markey if pitted against Kennedy, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurf war derails bipartisan push on surprise medical bills Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA CEO group pushes Trump, Congress on paid family, medical leave MORE (D-N.Y.), Politico reported.