Rep. Joe Kennedy Joseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyMarkey raises funds before Kennedy's main challenge The Hill Campaign Report: De Blasio Drops Off | Warren wins black voter support Sanders Rebuilds Campaign Team | NC Panel Tillis Warning Signs: Why is Joe Kennedy running for Senate? MORE (D-Mass.) Announces Saturday that it will put a priority on Senator Edward Marks (D-Mass.) In 2020
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'This is not a time to wait, sit on the sidelines, or play by the rules that are no longer working. This is the fight of our lives, the battle of my generation – and I'm in, "Kennedy tweeted.
Kennedy's announcement came before the official launch event for East Boston later in the day. He then plans to start a three-day tour of Massachusetts to submit his application.
Big news: I'm running for the US Senate. This is not the time to wait, sit on the sidelines, or play by the rules that no longer work. is the struggle of our lives, the struggle of my generation – and I am in thank you for joining me at https://t.co/7zwvI9aujq pic.twitter.com/WVkNLwCJbg  – Joe Kennedy (@joekennedy) September 21, 2019
In a way, the main one looks like the nomination for contests in 2018 where younger Democrats outperformed veteran lawmakers. At 38, Kennedy is ready to present his candidacy as an opportunity for change in generations in Washington.
"We deserve leaders who emerge from where we are, who are not afraid to destroy the old system and build something better." Kennedy said in a video announcing his bid in the Senate on Saturday.
But unlike the primary races in 2018, both Markie, 73, and Kennedy are reliable progressives with a similar set of allies on the Capitol Hill, and Kennedy is not a political neophyte. He has been serving in the House since 2013 and has the weight of the Kennedy family behind him.
Kennedy has become something of a rising star in the Democratic Party in recent years. He was elected to give a democratic answer to President Trump Donald John TrumpJulian Castro: It's time for House Democrats to "do something" for Trump Warren: Congress is "complicit" with Trump "by failing to act" Sanders to Join Teachers, Striking Workers in the Midwest MORE  s Union State Address in 2018. And it comes from a long line of Democratic politicians and government officials.
His grandfather Robert Kennedy served as Attorney General of the United States under his great-uncle, former President John F. Kennedy, and represented New York in the Senate from 1965 until his death at the hands of an assassin in 1968.
of Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy, serves six terms in the House.
Markie, who was first elected to the House in 1976 and has served in the Senate since 2013, has already stated that he intends to seek re-election in 2020.
Kennedy begins his Senate nomination early lead in the polls. A Suffolk / Boston Globe University study released earlier this month showed him leading Marks by 9 points in a five-way competition. When respondents were given a choice between Kennedy and Markie, the congressman's lead jumped to 14 points.
But Marks has already won some influential approvals, including that of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-CortezMarkey Fundraising Prior to Kennedy's Main Challenge The Report & # 39; s Campaign Report: De Blasio Drops | Warren wins black voter support Sanders Rebuilds Campaign Team | NC Progressives' Tillis Warning Signs Demand Changes to Pelosi Drug Pricing Plan MORE (DN.Y.), The first progressive congressman to stun the political world last year when he defeated longtime Representative Joseph Crowley (DN .Y. ) In the primary. She is a sponsor of the Legislature of the Senator's Green New Deal.
Also supports Markie is Senator Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Ann Warren Warren: Congress is Trump's "accomplice" by not taking action "Sanders Join Teachers, Automobile Workers Striking In Midwest Pelo , want to change the law to allow the incumbent president to be indicted MORE (D-Mass.), the rising Democratic presidential hopeful who endorsed his colleague months before the Kennedy Senate ambitions went public. She reiterated her support last month.
"We need Ed Marks Edward (Ed) John MarksFundraising Marks Before Kennedy's Main Challenge The Hill Campaign Report: De Blasio Drops Off | Warren wins black voter support Sanders Rebuilds Campaign Team | Tillis Warning Signs in NC Sanders Protect Loss of Job from Termination of Fossil Fuel Use MORE in the Senate now more than ever and that's why: Because he's a leader. He is a fighter And he is a real progressive, "Warren said in a video posted by Markie's campaign. "Ed is my friend and partner in the Senate. I have his back and I know he will always have yours. Let Ed Marky be re-elected to the Senate. "
Updated: 9:54 AM