Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a senator beating Joe Kennedy for primaries.
Senator Edward J. Markey, recast as the liberal after more than four decades in Congress, beat Joe Kennedy in a statewide election in Massachusetts.
The win for Markey, now heavily favored to hold his seat in November, is the latest victory this year for the increasingly powerful liberals in the party. Markey latched on to his partnership with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.NY.) who was more than a decade from being born when he was first elected to the House in 1976 on their environmental Green New Deal plan to bolster his progressive bona fides.
The liberal wing has scored a series of upsets in House primaries, knocking out decades long incumbents and claiming open seats.
Markey, 74, faced the 39 year-old Kennedy, who was not yet born when the senator began his political career, and who came into the race with a long list of endorsements. But Kennedy’s message of generational change, which helped power some primary challenges in other states, did not resonate as much as Markey’s focus on his long liberal record and his sponsorship of the Green New Deal.
Markey secured the Democratic nomination for the Senate, turning back a challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy. With 43 percent of the precincts reporting, Markey led 55 to 45 percent when the Associated Press projected the incumbent as the winner.
Kennedy raced around the state, accusing Markey of losing touch with constituents, at one point spending 27 straight hours talking to voters, from the day shift to the night shift.
Markey slowly took control of the race, emphasizing his years of work on climate change legislation and his working-class roots as the son of a milkman from the blue-collar Boston suburb of Malden.