Markey challenges Kennedy, other opponents to November debate on climate change

22 Septembre, 2019, 03:19 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Mr Kennedy is the grandson of Robert F Kennedy

Kennedy's decision to seek the Democratic nomination to one of the state's two U.S. Senate seats set up what will be a closely watched battle between the 38-year-old grandson of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and the 73-year-old Markey, the state's longest-serving member of Congress. He has already racked up the endorsements of influential Democrats, including 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who co-authored the Green New Deal with him.

'People that are trying to say that this is going to divert resources - I just don't think that's the case'.

Markey has served in Congress for more than four decades.

From his formal announcement, Kennedy will head to seven more stops Saturday, covering a big portion of the state, starting with Villa Victoria affordable housing community in Boston and ending with a traditional hand-shake session with diners at Hope & Olives restaurant in Greenfield.

Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III of MA has announced a run for Senate on Saturday morning at the East Boston Social Center, challenging Democratic Sen. His speech targeted President Trump but made no explicit mention of his establishment Democratic rival, Senator Ed Markey.

Sen. Ed Markey addresses delegates during the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Springfield.

A recent Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll found Kennedy leading Markey in a hypothetical five-way primary matchup 35 percent to 26 percent. "So today I'm challenging Congressman Joe Kennedy, Shannon Liss-Riordan and Steve Pemberton to a climate change debate, and to do it very soon".

But Kennedy's ambitious move has sparked deep displeasure and anxiety among many Democratic officials, who are distressed about picking sides between two well-liked Democrats and concerned that the expensive, potentially brutal fight, is a distraction in a crucial election cycle.

Liss-Riordan, a workers' rights lawyer, and Pemberton, a former senior executive at Walgreens, are also challenging Markey.

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"Engaging more people in that process, bringing more voices to the table, fighting back against that - how is that a bad thing?"

Kennedy is considered a rising star in the Democratic party - he was first elected to Congress in 2012 and was chose to give the party's response to Mr. Trump's 2018 State of the Union. "Together, we can save our planet", Markey said in the video.

Warren has worked with Markey in the Senate and taught Kennedy at Harvard Law School.

Markey, who joined thousands of young climate change activists who rallied in Boston on Friday as part of a global, youth-led day of environmental action, has the backing of many environmental activists.

"I'm running for U.S. Senate", Joseph Kennedy III said in a post on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Joseph Kennedy III and Markey both belong to their party's progressive wing.

One of those groups - Environment Massachusetts - has vowed to raise $5 million to help Markey win re-election.

While Kennedy may be the first in his extended family to run for Senate since the 1960s, several other of his relatives have served in other political offices.

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