Nancy Pelosi endorses Joe Kennedy III over Ed Markey in tight U.S. Senate


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in his bid to unseat her former colleague, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey — throwing her weight behind the challenger with just days left in their heated primary battle.

“Never before have the times demanded that we elect courageous leaders as today,” Pelosi said in a video announcing her endorsement. “He knows that to achieve progressive change, you must be on the front lines, leading movements of people. Massachusetts and America need Joe Kennedy’s courage and leadership in the Senate to fight for the change we need.”

Pelosi — who spent decades working alongside Markey, 74, when he was in the House — praised the 39-year-old Kennedy as the future of the Democratic Party and said he will “help lead Democrats forward on the defining battles of our time.”

The highest-ranking woman in government, who tapped Kennedy to deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s first State of the Union, also touted his work helping elect Democrats across the country to help take back the House in 2018.





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