Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi paints Trump and McConnell as twin impediments to progress Democratic stars unleash fury of assaults on Trump Over 50 current, former law enforcement professionals sign letter urging Congress to decriminalize marijuana 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 MarkeyProgressive Bowman endorses Markey ahead of Massachusetts primary Kennedy: Markey is ‘weaponizing’ my family’s history Martin Luther King III endorses Kennedy in Senate primary 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 KennedyProgressive Bowman endorses Markey ahead of Massachusetts primary NY Democrat Omeed Malik joins Daily Caller as minority investor, contributing editor Kennedy: Markey is ‘weaponizing’ my family’s history 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.”
“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.”
Nancy Pelosi is a force. No one has done more to take on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Obama enters battle, enraging Trump Harris pledges to fight for country’s ideals in accepting VP nomination Pelosi paints Trump and McConnell as twin impediments to progress MORE and build our Party’s future. Proud and humbled to have her with me in this fight. pic.twitter.com/xyMudb1ROB
— Joe Kennedy III (@joekennedy) August 20, 2020
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.
“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 PocanClyburn bashes Postal cuts: It’s a service, not a business Progressive Bowman endorses Markey ahead of Massachusetts primary Kudlow dismisses funds for ‘voting rights’ as ‘liberal, left wish lists’ MORE (D-Wis.), Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroJoaquin Castro calls on Hollywood for better Latino representation in film Progressive Bowman endorses Markey ahead of Massachusetts primary Government watchdog finds top Trump DHS officials are ineligible for their positions MORE (D-Texas), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) and the late John LewisJohn LewisHillary Clinton to tell convention: ‘This can’t be another woulda coulda shoulda election’ Democrats officially nominate Biden for president The Hill’s Convention Report: Democrats gear up for Day Two of convention 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-CortezYang criticizes ‘patronizing element’ of Democratic messaging ahead of convention speech Ex-Clinton adviser defends Democrats’ showcasing of Republicans The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Delegates stage state-centric videos for the roll call MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic stars unleash fury of assaults on Trump Warren praises Biden, Harris policies: ‘I love a good plan’ The Hill’s Convention Report: Harris to make history accepting VP nod MORE (D-Mass.) and Jamaal Bowman, who won a June primary against House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelBowman on Democratic frictions: There seems to be ‘disconnect’ between DNC, what’s happening Overnight Defense: Trump reportedly considering replacing Esper after election | FBI, Air Force investigating after helicopter shot at in Virginia | Watchdog says UK envoy made inappropriate comments on religion, race, sex Watchdog: Trump’s UK envoy made inappropriate remarks on religion, race, sex MORE (D-N.Y.).
The Bay State’s Senate primary is set for Sept. 1.