On Saturday, Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy III made his candidacy for the U.S. Senate official. He will be looking to unseat fellow Democrat Ed Markey who has been a senator since 2013. Before serving as senator, Markey was a Democratic congressman representing Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district from 1976 to 2013.
Kennedy announced the run in a campaign video on social media.
“Big news: I’m running for US Senate,” Joe Kennedy said in a tweet accompanying the video. “This isn’t a time for waiting, for sitting on the sidelines, or for playing by rules that don’t work anymore.”
The Washington Examiner reports:
The video takes a bird’s eye view of politics and begins by targeting President Trump before expounding on points like the economy, civil rights, healthcare, immigration, and tackling climate change.
In the video, Kennedy says: “Now is not a time for waiting, for sitting on the sidelines, or for playing by rules that don’t work anymore or never worked to begin with. Donald Trump has forced a reckoning in America. But meeting this moment requires more than just confronting him.”
“We deserve leaders who will show up where we are, who aren’t afraid to break down an old system and build something better,” he continued, addressing failures in the healthcare system and others.
“This is the fight of our lives, the fight of my generation — and I’m all in,” the congressman concluded.
Check it out:
Big news: I'm running for US Senate. This isn't a time for waiting, for sitting on the sidelines, or for playing by rules that don't work anymore. This is the fight of our lives, the fight of my generation — and I'm all in. I hope you'll join me at https://t.co/7zwvI9aujq pic.twitter.com/WVkNLwCJbg
— Joe Kennedy III (@joekennedy) September 21, 2019
ABC News reports the senatorial bid makes the Democratic congressman the first of the Kennedy dynasty to run for the Senate since 1962—when Edward Kennedy ran for the upper chamber.
— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) September 21, 2019
ABC News continues:
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Joe Kennedy is a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, who was attorney general in his own brother John F. Kennedy’s White House and was a senator running for the Democratic presidential nomination when he was assassinated in 1968. JFK was felled by an assassin’s bullet five years earlier, in 1963.
The 38-year-old Joe Kennedy will face 73-year-old incumbent Sen. Edward Markey in next year’s primary.
Joe Kennedy’s father, Joseph Kennedy, also served in Congress. Others elected to office include former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy II and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who served two terms as Maryland’s lieutenant governor.
First elected to Congress in 2012, Kennedy has tried to position himself as more of a pragmatist than those on the left of his party.