Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts

Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts
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Boston labor rights attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan is preparing to mount a primary challenge to Sen. Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Energy: Trump sparks new fight over endangered species protections | States sue over repeal of Obama power plant rules | Interior changes rules for ethics watchdogs To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies Democrats, environmentalists blast Trump rollback of endangered species protections MORE (D-Mass.) in 2020, according to the Boston Globe.

Liss-Riordan filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission last month and wrote Friday that she plans to make her final decision “in the coming weeks.”


“I have been so energized and inspired by the conversations I’ve been having with people across Massachusetts as I have been exploring a run,” Liss-Riordan said, according to the Globe. Liss-Riordan has been involved in several high-profile cases against gig economy firms such as Uber.

Markey has about $3.5 million cash on hand for his 2020 campaign and raised about $940,000 this year, according to the Globe. He faced no primary opposition in 2014, his first campaign for a full term after winning a special election to complete then-Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe Memo: O'Rourke looks to hit reset button #FreeAustinTice trending on anniversary of kidnapping in Syria Warren faces lingering concerns about her ability to beat Trump MORE’s term in 2013.

Backers of a primary challenge to Markey have pointed to another recent major primary upset in Massachusetts, Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySen. Susan Collins: Israel should allow Omar, Tlaib to visit Ocasio-Cortez: Netanyahu sending message 'only some Americans are welcome to Israel' Pelosi: Israel's Omar-Tlaib decision 'a sign of weakness' MORE’s (D) successful challenge to then-Rep. Michael CapuanoMichael (Mike) Everett CapuanoInside the progressive hunt for vulnerable House Democrats Progressive mayor launches primary challenge to top Ways and Means Democrat Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm MORE, a 10-term incumbent. Since the 2018 midterms Markey has taken steps to shore up his progressive credentials, sponsoring the Senate version of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE’s (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal resolution.

“Senator Markey is fighting every day in the Senate for the people of Massachusetts. From universal health care, to a Green New Deal, to equal rights, to gun safety, Senator Markey stands up for Massachusetts families and fights against the destructive, corrupt Trump administration,” a spokesperson for Markey’s office told the Globe. “He is excited and energized to run for another term.”