Democrats in Massachusetts are preparing for a clash between two of the fiercest political forces in the British Commonwealth in the upper house of the Democratic Senate on Tuesday.
The current Sen stood in the race. Ed MarkEdward (Ed) John Markie O’Rourke supports Kennedy for the Senate: “Champion of the values we are most proud of”
The campaign has become deeply personal in recent weeks, with the Kennedy clan drawn into the discourse.
And while the battle has been portrayed in much of the news media as a contest over who may be the most progressive, strategists say it will eventually reach the candidates’ archives.
“I really think the race is between who can do a better job and how you do it,” said Massachusetts Democratic strategist Mary Ann Marsh.
Marki, 74, highlighted his progressive powers and long-standing advocacy for environmental protection, including his authorship of the Green New Contract with the representative. Alexandria Ocasio-CortesAlexandria Ocasio-Cortes O’Rourke Supports Kennedy for Senate: “Champion of Values We Are Most Proud of” GOP Mischaracterizes Biden’s Energy Program in Convention Speeches Republicans Target Accusations of Socialism in Florida (DN.Y.).
Kennedy, 39, said the party needed new votes on a number of issues, including racial justice. During the coronavirus pandemic, the congressman was often seen wearing a mask with rolled up sleeves and traveling voluntarily to Massachusetts.
The congressman, who has served in the House since 2013, even took the step of suspending his campaign’s political operations in March when the coronavirus spread to the United States.
But three polls released this week show that Markey has an advantage over Kennedy, which is a clear difference from more than a year ago, when Kennedy led Markey by a large margin.
“I don’t invest a lot in surveys,” said John Walsh, Markey’s campaign manager. “It is reasonable to say that there is a clear trend in this election.”
Walsh boosted Markey’s campaign with her communications and organizational skills, including the big digital operation that proved popular with Gen Z voters.
Markey’s TikTok boasts more than 10,000 followers and includes a number of videos, including an advertisement from his first congressional convention and today’s video by Markey, which proclaims “This is not malarkey. I’m Ed Markie. ”
“It’s funny, but it’s serious because this generation grew up in an endless war,” Walsh said, referring to Gen Z voters. “They can’t be sure they’ll have a better life than their parents. They grew up with the prospect of crushing student debt, of income inequality, of a lack of racial justice, of a planet on fire, literally. And a political system that refuses to do anything about it. And when they see a man like Ed Markie, you’re betting on your ass.
Markey has attracted a wide range of recommendations from colleagues in Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren O’Rourke Supports Kennedy for Senate: “Champion of Values We Are Most Proud of” Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg Admits He Didn’t Take Down Kenosha’s Military Group Despite Warnings | Election Officials Repel Concerns About Mail Voting, Boxing Joe Kennedy is a Great Progressive Senate Choice MORE (D), the Progressive Chamber candidates Jamaal Bauman and Corey Bush, as well as the leaders of the Democratic Party of the Republic. Gerald NadlerJeruld (Jerry) Lewis Nadler House to vote to remove cannabis from controlled substance list Trump’s victory could displace Nancy Pelosi as speaker Hill’s convention report: Mike and Karen Pence head third night of convention MORE (New York) and Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher’s editorial board, Maloney Boston Globe, calls on DeJoy to resign over Trump’s victory could replace Nancy Pelosi as defense spokesman at night: Marine Corps rejects criticism of Marines in GOP video | US troops injured in collision with Russian vehicle in Syria The Democrats want an investigation into Windman’s revenge allegations MORE (New York).
Kennedy also has an impressive rolodex of recommendations, ranging from a large number of unions in Massachusetts to a speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi, Pelosi, Biden stab Scalis for a doctoral video that changes the words of the activist. The policy of stopping is confronted with the help of a coronavirus. O’Rourke supports Kennedy for the Senate: “Champion of the values we are most proud of” MORE (D-California) and the late civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn Lewis O’Rourke Supports Kennedy for Senate: “Champion of Values We Are Most Proud of” Joe Kennedy is a Great Progressive Senate Choice Harris provides a virtual call to action for protesters on the new march in Washington MORE (D-Ga.).
But Kennedy says the approvals will not ultimately decide the race, and he has focused on face-to-face meetings with voters in what his campaign has called a “24-hour campaign.”
“From being outside and around as aggressively as we’ve been in the last few weeks and the last few days, [I’ve seen] huge support for our campaign. “Literally from every corner of our community,” Kennedy said in a telephone interview with The Hill as he was on his way to the campaign. “We have to get the people out [to vote]. ”
Kennedy noticed the unusual circumstances. This will be the first state election in the country that offers the opportunity to vote by mail amid the pandemic. He claims that since early voting is already under way, he is taking part in “pretty good grain” polls.
Throughout the campaign, the congressman addressed members of the Massachusetts black community, honestly addressing the national issue of racial injustice.
“For those who continue to claim that these questions about racial injustice and the devaluation of blacks live on, that this is not a real or systemic thing, how many times should we see it on video?” Kennedy said.
The issue also became the centerpiece of the campaign last month after DJ Henry’s father, an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2010, accused Markey of firing the family after Henry’s death.
Markie hurried to apologize and called on the Department of Justice to reopen Henry’s case. Kennedy has a close relationship with the Henry family that supported his candidacy for the Senate.
Supporters and critics of Markey often argue that Kennedy does not have a good answer when asked why he provokes Markey, hinting that the move is intended to tick another field in his political summary.
Kennedy and his supporters, for their part, claim that Markie went to Washington.
“I believe Massachusetts should get everything possible out of our senator, and I don’t think we’re getting it,” Kennedy said when asked why a Democratic voter should vote for him.
The Kennedy family was drawn into the battle after Markie in a campaign mentioning President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address in 1961.
“We asked what we could do for our country. We went out, we did it, “Markie said in the three-minute ad, citing a quote from former President Kennedy. “With all due respect, it’s time to start asking what your country can do for you.” Marki did not address his main opponent directly on the spot.
The congressman quickly responded to Markie, accusing the senator of being a “weapon” in his family’s history.
“I’m not [bring my family into the race]said Kennedy. “The senator did it.”
Kennedy then began including footage of JFK, RFK and the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) In commercials. His grandmother, Ethel Skakel Kennedy, 92, even recorded a place encouraging voters to support her grandson.
In recent days, the campaign has taken on darker tones, with Kennedy raising concerns about online harassment against his family and supporters.
Kennedy’s campaign manager, Nick Clemens, sent an email to Walsh copying members of the press earlier this week in which he publicly called for an end to Markie’s attacks, although he said he did not believe the harassment came from anyone on the list. of Marki’s campaign. Clemens included screenshots of the harassment, which show graphic references to the murders of JFK and RFK.
Walsh defended Markie’s camp in a series of tweets, saying Markie had repeatedly condemned the attacks and that Clemens “chose to end the campaign with crocodile tears.”
“They make accusations that are deliberately untrue and deceptive,” Walsh said.
He noted that the campaign recently reported a suspicious Twitter account with the Markeychusetts handle, which made negative remarks about Kennedy to the FBI.
Walsh also said that Markey received his fair share of negativity from Kennedy’s self-identifying supporters, citing the example of a truck that issued negative messages to the senator during campaigns.
“The two most popular things in Massachusetts are politics and sports, and sometimes they’re the same thing,” Marsh said. “But I can’t remember ever seeing anything like it.”