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 MarkeyHillicon Valley: Twitter shares more details on political ad rules | Supreme Court takes up Google-Oracle fight | Pentagon chief defends Microsoft cloud contract House, Senate announce agreement on anti-robocall bill Democratic senators introduce bill to block funding for border wall live stream 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 KerryPompeo announces Israeli settlements do not violate international law Deval Patrick's 2020 entry raises stakes in New Hampshire Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide 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 PressleyAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability 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-CortezNew York man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Omar Funding stopgap would give Congress more time to debate expiring surveillance provisions 'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera 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.”