Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyMassachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy says Patriots ‘should sign’ Kaepernick Markey touts past praise from Kennedy: ‘He does an incredible job’ Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary MORE III (D-Mass.) will formally launch a primary challenge to Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left Markey touts past praise from Kennedy: ‘He does an incredible job’ Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary MORE (D-Mass.) on Saturday, a source confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday.
The impending announcement had first been reported by The Boston Globe, which cited two sources close to Kennedy saying he would make his announcement at a breakfast with supporters and local community members.
Kennedy has already notified Markey of the primary challenge, one person told the Globe.
Kennedy, 38, has been floated as a potential Senate candidate in recent weeks, setting up an intraparty generational clash with Markey, 73, a former longtime House member who is seeking a second term in the Senate after first assuming his seat in 2013.
The sitting senator’s campaign has been boosted by endorsements from progressive lawmakers, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.), with whom he has worked closely on the Green New Deal, progressives’ proposal to combat climate change.
“Ed Markey is a proud and strong progressive champion for working families, not just in Massachusetts but across the country. And his leadership in authoring the Green New Deal, along with me, and carrying it in the United States Senate is emblematic of the kind of work that he does for working families across the country,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a video endorsement.
Meanwhile, Kennedy — the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy – has been encouraged to run by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).
A recent survey from Suffolk University and The Boston Globe found Kennedy leading Markey by double digits in a theoretical head-to-head match-up.
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