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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 PocanCapitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview Katherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election 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 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.).

“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 TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit 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-CortezBiden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration Maloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Ocasio-Cortez defends Harry Styles wearing dress on Vogue cover: 'It looks wonderful' MORE (D-N.Y.), whose signature Green New Deal legislation Markey sponsored in the Senate, and Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaOVERNIGHT 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 Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election MORE (D-Calif.), who served as a national co-chair for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration In the final chapter of 2020, we must recommit to repairing our democracy 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.