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 MarkeyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's latest plan on racial inequality The Boston Globe endorses Markey in primary against Kennedy OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA effort to boost uranium mining leaves green groups worried about water | DNC climate platform draft calls for net-zero emissions by 2050 | Duckworth introduces safety net bill for coal country 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 KerryBudowsky: Trump October surprise could devastate GOP Hillicon Valley: Democrats request counterintelligence briefing | New pressure for election funding | Republicans urge retaliation against Chinese hackers National security leaders, advocacy groups urge Congress to send election funds to states 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 PressleyStimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility Tlaib opens up about why she hasn't endorsed Biden yet Is Ilhan Omar one and done? Why she could lose the August primary 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-Cortez,200 may be enough in Mitch McConnell's hometown of Louisville, but not in most US cities Democrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul 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.”