Markey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge

Markey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge

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's (D-Mass.) campaign released a fundraising email on Friday ahead of 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's (D-Mass.) announcement that he will launch a primary challenge against the senator on Saturday. 

"It’s official: Joe Kennedy III will challenge Ed Markey in the primary," the fundraising email noted.

"Ed has never backed down from fights that define our times," it added, before asking for a $27 donation. 

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The campaign said in the email that they set a fundraising goal of $50,000 ahead of the next Federal Election Committee deadline at the end of the month. 

The incumbent senator's team highlighted his record on climate change, including his work on the Green New Deal, gun legislation and health care. 

He also touted his ties to progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump tweet mocking Greta Thunberg sparks backlash The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' MORE (D-N.Y.) and fellow Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSaagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure' On The Money: Lawmakers strike spending deal | US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline | Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst over new NAFTA Bill Weld: As many as six GOP senators privately support convicting Trump MORE (D) in the email. 

A source confirmed to The Hill earlier this week that Kennedy, who is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, will announce his run on Saturday. 

While Kennedy has been seen as a rising Democratic star, a number of young progressive insurgents have declined to throw their support behind him. 

Ocasio-Cortez touted her support for Markey on Twitter last week, calling him a "progressive champion," while Warren has endorsed Markey, despite having a close relationship with Kennedy. 

Meanwhile, Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE (Mich.), Seth MoultonSeth MoultonOvernight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons Pentagon leaders: Trump clemencies won't affect military order and discipline Deval Patrick beefs up campaign staff MORE (Mass.) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellLive coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment Lawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests MORE (Calif.) have said they are staying out of the race, while Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaSanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Overnight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons House passes defense bill to establish Space Force, paid family leave for federal workers MORE (D-Calif.) has thrown his support behind Markey.