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Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday announced her endorsement of Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) in his primary challenge to Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyTime to honor the 'ghosts' of WWII OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Federal officials press concerns about proposed mine near Georgia swamp, documents show | Trump falsely claims Green New Deal calls for 'tiny little windows' | Interior appeals migratory bird ruling Trump falsely claims Green New Deal calls for 'tiny little windows' MORE (D-Mass.).

“Never before have the times demanded we elect courageous leaders as today, and that is why I am proud to endorse Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyPresidential debate proves the power of the climate movement Democrats see fundraising spike following Ginsburg death Massachusetts town clerk resigns after delays to primary vote count MORE for Senate,” Pelosi said in a video.

She said Kennedy was integral to the Democrats winning a House majority in 2018 and that he “knows that to achieve progressive change, you must be on the front lines, leading movements of people.”

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“Joe Kennedy represents this Party’s future,” she added in a statement through the Kennedy campaign. "He will help lead Democrats forward on the defining battles of our time.”

Pelosi has served with Kennedy in the House since he was sworn in for the first time in 2013 and served with Markey in the House from 1987 to 2013. During her first Speakership in 2007 she named Markey chair of a select committee on energy and climate change issues and later brought his climate legislation to the House floor for a vote in 2009.

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“Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a tremendous, effective leader who has shattered glass ceilings throughout her career. I had the privilege to work alongside Nancy in the House of Representatives for decades," Markey said in a statement. "Any candidate would be proud to have her endorsement, and I congratulate Congressman Kennedy on securing her support.”

Kennedy has picked up several other endorsements from House colleagues, including Reps. Mark PocanMark William PocanThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Barrett touts independence to sidestep confirmation questions Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Poll shows Biden leading Trump, tight House race in key Nebraska district MORE (D-Wis.), Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroFormer DNC finance chairman Henry Muñoz: Latinos 'need to lead ourselves' Overnight Defense: Trump says he's leaving Walter Reed, 'feeling really good' after COVID-19 treatment | White House coronavirus outbreak grows | Dems expand probe into Pompeo speeches House Democrats push forward on probe of Pompeo's political speeches MORE (D-Texas), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) and the late John LewisJohn LewisWashington flooded with Women's March protesters ahead of Barrett confirmation vote HBCU in Alabama renames hall named after KKK leader Cedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins MORE (D-Ga.). Markey, who was first elected to the Senate in 2012, meanwhile, has received the endorsement of several progressive figures within the party, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Biden distances himself from Green New Deal during town hall Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Georgia senator mocks Harris's name before Trump rally: 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know' Warren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates MORE (D-Mass.) and Jamaal Bowman, who won a June primary against House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelIs Trump a better choice for Jewish voters than Biden? Overnight Defense: Trump says he's leaving Walter Reed, 'feeling really good' after COVID-19 treatment | White House coronavirus outbreak grows | Dems expand probe into Pompeo speeches House Democrats push forward on probe of Pompeo's political speeches MORE (D-N.Y.).

The Bay State's Senate primary is set for Sept. 1.