Politics: ‘I would tell Joe to wait’: Democrats warn Kennedy against challenging Markey - PressFrom - US

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

08:20  12 september  2019
08:20  12 september  2019 Source:   politico.com

Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey as Joe Kennedy eyes his Senate seat

Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey as Joe Kennedy eyes his Senate seat Ocasio-Cortez shouted out Markey’s progressive credentials, calling him “A proud and strong progressive champion for working families."

Ed Markey over potential insurgent challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Sen. Kennedy said he’s been advised to wait his turn by some in the party, but wrote in an August A race between Markey and Kennedy would be a major distraction for Democrats trying to defeat President Donald Trump and

Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.). Put aside the stupid questions about him — Should the Democrats be promoting As for being against Trump, what could possibly be more important right now? There is absolutely nothing the Democrats could do that would be dumber than setting aside their criticisms of

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.

‘I would tell Joe to wait’: Democrats warn Kennedy against challenging Markey© Elise Amendola/AP Photo Rep. Joe Kennedy.

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 (D-N.H.). “I’m a survivor of the Kennedy-Carter fight. I know how long those sentiments last.”

Ed Markey supporters urge Joe Kennedy III to stand down

Ed Markey supporters urge Joe Kennedy III to stand down Kennedy is considering a primary challenge against Ed Markey in 2020

Meanwhile, the prospect of a Kennedy challenge to a veteran lawmaker long past his expiration date is The conventional wisdom that Markey has overstayed his welcome in Massachusetts politics may turn And Markey must do the same. “They may tell me where to sit, but nobody tells me where to

Joe Kennedy III will be the Democrat responding to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Washington (CNN) Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III will be the Democrat responding to Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and has no plans to challenge either of them for their seats.

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 (D-Calif.) has endorsed him and Schumer said the party is “fully behind Senator Ed Markey.” Kennedy called Schumer about the race but the Senate minority leader didn’t divulge what was said.

Markey also asked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her support, according to a source familiar with the matter. The liberal firebrand said endorsing Markey is “in the realm of possibility.”

Yet Kennedy isn’t without allies. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), a moderate Democrat who served with Kennedy in the House, is urging him to run and told Markey of her decision on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon.

Kennedy stumps for Warren as he weighs challenging her ally

Kennedy stumps for Warren as he weighs challenging her ally LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Rep. Joe Kennedy III wants Elizabeth Warren to be president. She's backing his would-be opponent in the Massachusetts Senate race. 

NEWTON, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today urged President Donald J. Trump to withdraw the Representative Joseph Kennedy III is calling on the House to begin impeachment proceedings against President WGBH: Kennedy Warns Democrats Not To Lose Focus After Mueller Hearing.

Joe Kennedy says he’s willing to consider running in 2020—if Oprah Winfrey asks him to be her running “ Democrats are really good at finding some smart people that can run some regressions and say For all the talk of how Democrats need a big message that’s not just anti -Donald Trump, they

“Joe Kennedy is an outstanding champion for his state,” Sinema said. “He’s a fresh thinker who can bring people together to get things done. He will make a terrific U.S. senator and I couldn’t be more proud to support my friend.”

But the support of Schumer and moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for Markey, along with his close relationship with Ocasio-Cortez as original co-sponsors of the Green New Deal, demonstrates that the potential Senate race won’t revolve around ideological conflicts like the GOP’s tea party wave of a decade ago.

Instead, the contest is shaping up to be generational: The youthful Kennedy and his famous family brand against Markey’s 40-plus years of service and lengthy liberal record.

“I don’t understand how anyone wants to run against him — I mean he is the progressive leader on climate in the United States Congress,” Khanna, a leading liberal lawmaker, said of Markey. “The progressive base is 100 percent for Markey — it’s 110 percent for Markey.”

Amazon's Ring doorbell cameras attract congressional concern

Amazon's Ring doorbell cameras attract congressional concern BOSTON (AP) — Amazon-owned doorbell camera company Ring is facing questions from a U.S. senator over its partnerships with police departments around the country. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, sent a letter Thursday to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos raising privacy and civil liberty concerns about Ring cameras that are capturing and storing footage of U.S. neighborhoods. Markey is seeking more information from Bezos about Ring's video-sharing agreements with law enforcement agencies. The lawmaker says he's also alarmed that Ring may be pursuing facial recognition technology that could flag certain people as suspicious.

Joe Kennedy III and Seth Moulton take different approaches to their work in Washington. But as Democrats focus on retaking the House next But privately, some House Democrats say Kennedy is going about his next steps in a more methodical and collegial way, traveling to districts to help raise

Joe Kennedy (Mass.) is an old Democrat 's idea of what a young Democrat should be. The bigger problem, though, is that the Democratic Party is adrift, riven by factions, bereft of forward-looking solutions and desperately hoping that unbridled opposition to President Trump will be enough to carry

Video by CBS News

“I would tell Joe to wait,” said Manchin, the Senate’s most conservative Democrat. “Those type of fights when two people are aligned ideologically? What’s the fight?”

The Massachusetts delegation is behind Markey, save for three members of the delegation that have yet to weigh in, including progressive star Ayanna Pressley, who upset longtime Rep. Mike Capuano in a primary last fall. Kennedy’s challenge to the old guard has perplexed senators, who see him as trying to climb the political ladder at the expense of his state’s seniority.

But many of his House colleagues are quietly rooting for him, eager to demonstrate one of their own can advance without waiting until senators retire or their longtime leaders depart the top rungs of the House Democratic Caucus.

And Markey’s supporters in the Senate aren’t exactly trashing Kennedy. After all, he could be a future colleague or presidential candidate given his lineage and reputation as an ascendant voice in the party.

Senate demands answers from Amazon over Ring surveillance

Senate demands answers from Amazon over Ring surveillance Ring's controversial "Neighbors" surveillance network and cozy relationship with police departments has drawn the eye US lawmakers. In a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos, 

They've told the Democratic leadership: No new immigration restrictions, no increase in enforcement and—absolutely—no money for Trump's border wall. California Democrat Dianne Feinstein had been a vote for a compromise, but now—facing a serious primary opponent from her left—voted against

Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) delivered the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Everything changes Tuesday night as he delivers the Democrats ’ response to President Donald When I would open the door, Joe would either be at his desk working or reading a book,” Collins told

“Ed has been a great partner in the Senate and I was glad to endorse him last February. Joe is doing a terrific job in Congress. They both are longtime friends,” Warren said in an interview. Warren was Kennedy's professor at Harvard.

In an interview on Wednesday, Markey touted his endorsement from NARAL, League of Conservation Voters, senators and state lawmakers. Asked about polls showing Kennedy has an edge, he replied: “I’m getting tremendous support.”

“So far the response I’m getting is overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “I’ve led on climate change, led on gun reform, led on reproductive rights and protections for women … people are grateful.”

‘I would tell Joe to wait’: Democrats warn Kennedy against challenging Markey© Scott Eisen/Getty Images LAWRENCE, MA - FEBRUARY 09: Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) waves as he arrives on stage during Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) event announcing her official bid for President on February 9, 2019 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Warren announced today that she was launching her 2020 presidential campaign. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Markey said he hasn’t spoken to Kennedy recently.

Kennedy is expected to make a final decision by the end of the month, according to a campaign aide. Kennedy spokeswoman Emily Kaufman said the congressman is still deliberating but is “encouraged” by his support.

“If he decides to run it will be based on the people of Massachusetts — and them alone,” Kaufman said.

'Hell to pay': Democrats warn Republicans against ignoring background check bill

'Hell to pay': Democrats warn Republicans against ignoring background check bill Democrats returning to Capitol Hill following a summer of several deadly mass shootings warned the GOP they won’t abandon efforts to pass a bill expanding background checks for gun purchases. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.“We are not taking no for an answer,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said Monday at a press conference in the Capitol. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Joe Kennedy III, a Congressman who is JFK's grandnephew, will deliver the Democratic rebuttal to the State of the Union. " Democrats have deputized an Ivy League blue blood with a trust fund and a famous name to reconnect with the common man," conservative columnist Philip Wegmann wrote.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III will deliver the Democratic response to Trump's first State of the Union Meet Joe Kennedy , the Democrat Responding to Trump's State of the Union Address Tonight. Kennedy has said he would not go up against either of the sitting Massachusetts Senators if they are not open

Despite Kennedy’s famous last name, he’s kept a low profile since arriving in the House in 2013. He has resisted calls to join House leadership, focusing instead on elevating younger members of a caucus run by septuagenarian leaders. He did deliver the State of the Union last year, a job usually reserved for the party’s rising stars, although is mostly remembered for the prominent smudge of lip balm that some viewers mistook for drool.

After nearly 40 years in the House, Markey won a special election to replace John Kerry in 2013, and is a leading liberal lawmaker in the Senate, though not necessarily a partisan firebrand. He has one of the thickest accents in Congress, sometimes referred to as Ed “Mahkey.” He voted present on war with Syria shortly after being sworn in, annoying “literally everyone,” as Boston Magazine put it.

Several House Democrats were hesitant to weigh in on the potential primary. Some said privately they’re convinced Kennedy is running. And they offered effusive praise for the four-term lawmaker, who has developed a cadre of friends on both sides of the aisle.

“Joe Kennedy might be the most popular member of the Class of 2012 in both parties,” said Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.). “Massachusetts and the country will find a good place for Joe Kennedy to serve. It may not be in House leadership but he has a great future.”

As the heir to the Kennedy dynasty, Kennedy appears an instant frontrunner in any statewide race. There’s private skepticism among some Democrats that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will spend money in a primary in a state seen as uncompetitive in a general election, though DSCC Chair Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) says the party is firmly behind Markey. The primary would be in September 2020 — poor timing for party unity.

Kennedy has a double-digit lead in early polls in a potential race against Markey. And he could potentially scare Markey into retirement or position himself for the next Senate vacancy if Warren becomes president.

But Markey isn’t surrendering and there’s really no room to his left for Kennedy to pursue. He’s telling fellow senators that he is not retiring and will run hard against Kennedy, according to those who have spoken with him.

“It’s ambition,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) of Kennedy’s motivation. “For Ed’s sake, I don’t want a primary … he’s clearly running for reelection. And I’m going to help him in any way I can.”

The show of support from top Democratic leaders and progressives suggests there’s some worry that Markey could lose to Kennedy or at a minimum drain money from the party’s coffers. So if Kennedy runs, Democrats are preparing for a wild ride.

“That’s life in a blue state,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), himself a former DSCC chairman. “The Kennedy name probably has a little bit of stroke in Massachusetts. So chances are it might be” competitive.

Melanie Zanona contributed to this report.

Buttigieg says fighting climate could be 'more challenging than' winning World War II.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said it will take a massive effort to stop the negative effects of climate change, so much so that it will take more of a nationwide effort than what was put out during World War II. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.Buttigieg said while cities are leading the effort to become greener, the entire country must take steps to turn things around. "The fundamental question is how are we actually going to get it done? Because we've been having the same conversation for years," the Democratic presidential candidate said Wednesday on CNN's climate town hall.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 0
This is interesting!