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‘I would tell Joe to wait': Democrats warn Kennedy against challenging Markey

Posted On: Sep 12, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

‘I would tell Joe to wait': Democrats warn Kennedy against challenging Markey

Joe Kennedy doesn't just have to beat incumbent Ed Markey to win a Senate seat. He'll also have to trounce Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Senate Democrats campaign arm - and maybe AOC. The 38-year-old congressman and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy will confront a buzzsaw of Washington Democrats if he takes the leap to challenge Markey in Massachusetts, which would create a massive distraction for the party in a safe Democratic seat amid a battle for both the White House and the Senate majority. “That kind of intra party fighting is not good in the long term. And I don't think it will be good for Joe Kennedy,” warned Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. “I'm a survivor of the Kennedy-Carter fight. I know how long those sentiments last.” With Kennedy flirting with the race and leading early polls , Markey has moved quickly to shore up support from both the D.C. establishment and prominent progressives. Rep. Ro Khanna has endorsed him and Schumer said the party is “fully behind Senator Ed Markey.” Kennedy...

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