Markey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge

Markey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySanders: 'Damn right we will' have a job for every American Democrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Ocasio-Cortez taps supporters for donations as former primary opponent pitches for Kennedy MORE's (D-Mass.) campaign released a fundraising email on Friday ahead of Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOcasio-Cortez taps supporters for donations as former primary opponent pitches for Kennedy The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid 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-CortezFive takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president MORE (D-N.Y.) and fellow Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years 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 TlaibFive takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president MORE (Mich.), Seth MoultonSeth Moulton2020 Presidential Candidates Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year MORE (Mass.) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocratic lawmaker: Expelling Turkey from NATO 'should be on the table' Top State Department official arrives for testimony in impeachment probe 2020 Presidential Candidates MORE (Calif.) have said they are staying out of the race, while Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaCongress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds Is Congress too afraid to fight Big Pharma? Democrats probing whether groups booked Trump hotel rooms to earn president's favor: report MORE (D-Calif.) has thrown his support behind Markey.