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Progressive Bowman endorses Markey ahead of Massachusetts primary

Progressive Bowman endorses Markey ahead of Massachusetts primary
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New York Democratic House candidate Jamaal Bowman endorsed Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally MORE (D-Mass.) in the Massachusetts primary Tuesday, the latest figure in the party’s progressive wing to lend Markey their support against challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.).

Bowman, who beat veteran congressman and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.) in New York’s June primary, touted the announcement as his “first-ever U.S. Senate endorsement.”

“The political establishment is running negative attack ads to stop Ed & we need to get his back,” Bowman tweeted Tuesday, urging followers to split a donation between himself and the Massachusetts senator.

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“Senator Markey is a critical leader of our movement, inspiring voters in Massachusetts and beyond. He has always been a champion for the people, fighting to achieve a more progressive future through policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal,” Bowman said in a statement. “Senator Markey and I are allies and I can’t wait to serve alongside him in Congress come January.”

Markey, who introduced the Senate version of the Green New Deal environmental legislation, has received endorsements from several progressive Democrats already. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere Trump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenInequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE (D-Mass.) have both endorsed him, as have figures associated with the party’s establishment wing such as Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

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Several of Kennedy’s House colleagues, however, have endorsed his primary challenger, including Reps. Mark PocanMark William PocanCapitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview Katherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election MORE (D-Wis.), Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroMeet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Hispanic Caucus endorses Castro for Foreign Affairs gavel Progressive Democrats call on Pompeo to condemn Israeli demolition of Beduin village MORE (D-Texas), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) and the late John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains Biden must look to executive action to fulfill vow to Black Americans MORE (D-Ga.).

Bowman has supported Markey in the past. Earlier this month, Bowman tweeted, "Yooo, @EdMarkey is a Triple OG. I can’t wait to get to Congress and work with this brother."

Massachusetts residents will vote on Sept. 1 in the Democratic primary. The winner will go on to compete in the general election on Nov. 3.