Kennedy said DSCC prevented him from helping Democrats flip GOP seats

Kennedy said DSCC prevented him from helping Democrats flip GOP seats
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Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyMental health crisis puts everyone on the front lines The Hill's Campaign Report: Flynn 'unmasking' enters 2020 debate Candidates shift to volunteering as pandemic halts campaigning MORE III’s (D-Mass.) Senate campaign said the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has prevented him from launching a group aimed at helping other Senate Democrats up for reelection.

Kennedy, who is locked in a contentious primary against sitting Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyBipartisan senators call for investigation of TikTok's child privacy policies OVERNIGHT ENERGY: New documents show EPA rolled back mileage standards despite staff, WH concerns | Land management bureau grants 75 royalty rate cuts for oil and gas | EPA employees allege leadership interference with science in watchdog survey EPA's Wheeler grilled by Democrats over environmental rollbacks amid COVID-19 MORE (D-Mass.), planned to launch a joint committee to raise funds and support Democratic Senate candidates Sara Gideon in Maine, Jaime Harrison in South Carolina, Cal Cunningham in North Carolina and Barbara Bollier in Kansas. 

The congressman’s campaign made the pitch to the candidates on Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe. The paper reported that the candidates were receptive to the plan but that the Kennedy campaign was later told by one of the Democratic campaigns that the DSCC, which is focused in part on defending incumbents, said that they could not team up with Kennedy in the proposed committee.

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The DSCC declined to comment. 

The Hill has reached out to the four Democratic campaigns for comment.

“Congressman Kennedy will continue to support efforts across the country to flip the Senate so Democrats have the votes to pass everything from climate action to gun violence legislation in 2021,” Kennedy campaign spokeswoman Emily Kaufman said in a statement to the Globe.

The DSCC has gotten behind Markey’s reelection bid.

“We’ve endorsed him publicly. We will be there to work with him and his team to ensure that they have the resources they need to get his message out,” Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoThe Hill's Campaign Report: Minneapolis protests rock the nation Cortez Masto says she's not interested in being Biden VP The Memo: Activists press Biden on VP choice MORE (Nev.), the chairwoman of the DSCC, said last year, referring to Markey.

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Markey has also landed the endorsements of a number of other Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFederal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in VA hospitals mostly drop hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment MORE (D-N.Y.).

Kennedy also received endorsements from Democratic lawmakers: House Progressive Caucus Chairman Mark PocanMark William PocanHouse punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate House cancels planned Thursday vote on FISA Pelosi pulls vote on FISA bill after Trump veto threat MORE (D-Wis.), civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisHouse pays tribute to late Congressman Sam Johnson on the floor House Democrats press Treasury on debit cards used for coronavirus relief payments Dozens of Democrats plan to vote remotely in a first for the House MORE (D-Ga.) and fourteen other House Democrats announced their support for Kennedy in January.

The congressman has pledged to bring generational change and a fresh perspective to the Senate as Washington remains divided on partisan lines. Kennedy has particularly focused on the issues of immigration and health care in the primary.

Markey, in turn, has touted his experience in Washington, pointing to a long list of achievements, including co-authoring the Green New Deal.