Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary

Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary
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Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanProgressive Caucus co-chair: Reported oversight change in intelligence office 'seems a bit...fascist' House approves amendments to rein in federal forces in cities House Democrats backtrack, will pull Homeland Security bill MORE (D-Wis.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, on Tuesday endorsed Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who is mounting a primary challenge to Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Mass.).

“For as long as I’ve known him, Joe has been a leading progressive voice in Congress, fighting for Medicare for All, demanding real mental health parity, leading our efforts to protect LGBTQ Americans, pushing for racial, social, economic and climate justice,” Pocan said in a video tweeted by the Kennedy campaign.

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“And running across the country to help Democrats win the seats and voters we need to actually pass our biggest, boldest reforms,” Pocan added. “Now more than ever, as our nation rebuilds, as our party fights to undo the damage by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE, we need new leaders who will move beyond the failed policies of the past, leaders who will carry out our country towards a progressive future. And we won’t get there with the status quo.”

Pocan’s endorsement stands in contrast to many figures on the party’s left flank who have endorsed Markey, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOmar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (D-N.Y.), whose signature Green New Deal legislation Markey sponsored in the Senate, and Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Congress must enact a plan to keep government workers safe Sanders supporters launch six-figure ad campaign explaining why they're voting for Biden MORE (D-Calif.), who served as a national co-chair for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Connecticut in final presidential primary of year Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign.

“Ed Markey is a proud and strong progressive champion for working families, not just in Massachusetts but across the country. And his leadership in authoring the Green New Deal, along with me, and carrying it in the United States Senate is emblematic of the kind of work that he does for working families across the country,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a video endorsement last September.

Massachusetts is set to hold its Senate primary Sept. 1. Kennedy leads Markey by 9 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.