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 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 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 KerryBiden soars as leader of the free world The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Kerry says Paris climate deal alone 'is not enough' | EPA halts planned Taiwan trip for Wheeler| EPA sued over rule extending life of toxic coal ash ponds 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 PressleyGOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' Pelosi faces caucus divisions in Biden era Record number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 MORE’s (D) successful challenge to then-Rep. Michael CapuanoMichael (Mike) Everett CapuanoHillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy Inside the progressive hunt for vulnerable House Democrats 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-CortezKamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far 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.”