Young insurgents aren’t rushing to Kennedy’s side in Markey fight

Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight

Young lawmakers who want new blood in the Democratic Party aren’t rushing into the looming generational battle between Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, 73, and Rep. Joe Kennedy III, the 38-year-old millenial who’s flirting with a primary challenge against him.

Insurgent Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), 43, Seth Moulton (Mass.), 40 and Eric Swalwell (Calif.), 38, told The Hill they’re staying out of the race. And some young progressives, like 42-year-old Rep. Ro Khanna (Calif.), who ousted veteran Democrat Mike Honda in a 2016 primary, are fully in Markey’s corner.

On Friday, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the 29-year-old liberal firebrand with 5.3 million Twitter followers, threw her weight behind Markey, who introduced the Senate version of her Green New Deal measure earlier this year.

“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.

“And Ed Markey was one of the few people that had the courage to stand up and take a chance. And take a chance on a freshman congresswoman. And take a chance on this plan,” added Ocasio-Cortez, who ousted Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) during a 2018 primary in one of the biggest political upsets in recent years.

Sources close to Ocasio-Cortez said she huddled with Kennedy on Thursday and warned him not to challenge Markey. Instead, she encouraged him to run for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s seat if she wins the White House next year or moves on from the Senate, the sources said.

Ocasio-Cortez and Markey also have been discussing the idea of holding a series of Green New Deal town halls throughout Massachusetts, a source said, the first of which would be later this year.

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