U.S. Senator Markey Beats Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate Democratic Primary
On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Ed Markey defeated Representative Joe Kennedy III in the Massachusetts Democratic primary. By doing this he positioned himself to win another six-year term on November 3 and a foundation for a progressive agenda in 2021.
Markey’s Political Stance
With his unsuccessful feat, Kennedy became the first member of his fabled political family to witness a defeat in a Massachusetts election for a congressional seat.
The political stance of Kennedy was almost in sync closely with Markey’s. Also, Kennedy was a favorite when he made his surprise declaration last September. In the announcement, he said that he would leave the House of Representatives after eight years and try to stop fellow Democrat Markey’s nomination to run in the November 3 election.
However, Markey has been at the forefront of liberal causes ranging from curbing nuclear weapons proliferation to implementing strict new carbon emissions standards to control climate change. He mounted an aggressive campaign that was propelled by progressive stars such as fellow Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
According to a New York Times tally, incomplete results showed Markey’s lead over Kennedy at 55.4% to 44.6%. In his victory speech, Markey accentuated the urgency of tackling climate change after years of faltering legislation.
“There will be no peace, no justice, no prosperity unless we stop the march to climate destruction. This is a matter of life and death,” Markey said.
Last year, he and Ocasio-Cortez exhibited the “Green New Deal” asking for cutting carbon emissions blamed for climate change.
Markey has a deep legislative record along with more than four decades in the House and Senate and no story of personal controversies. These were the major reasons Kennedy had a difficult time convincing voters of Massachusetts to choose him over the veteran lawmaker.
In public opinion polls, Markey, 74, was accumulating the support of young voters in his run against Kennedy, 39, the grandson of slain Senator Robert F. Kennedy. His grand-uncle was President John F. Kennedy.
While progressives supported in propelling Markey to victory, they witnessed steep setbacks in other Massachusetts contests.
The New York Times announced Democratic U.S. Representatives Richard Neal and Stephen Lynch primary winners, substantially defeating challenges from Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and physician Robbie Goldstein, respectively.
Neal chairs the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. Since 2018, progressives running in other states have unseated some more moderate, veteran House Democrats.
In accepting the defeat, Kennedy called Markey “a good man” and said his coalition of supporters “who do not have the luxury of accepting the status quo” will persist their fight for universal healthcare and civil rights improvements.