Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi endorsed Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Thursday over incumbent Democratic Sen. Ed Markey in the Senate primary.
“Never before have the times demanded we elect courageous leaders as today, and that is why I am proud to endorse Joe Kennedy for Senate,” Pelosi said in a video endorsing Kennedy, adding that in order to “achieve progressive change, you must be on the front lines, leading movements of people.”
Pelosi served with Markey in the House for over 25 years, according to the Boston Globe.
“Joe Kennedy represents this Party’s future. He will help lead Democrats forward on the defining battles of our time,” Pelosi continued.
Kennedy responded to the endorsement saying, “Nancy Pelosi is a force. No one has done more to take on Donald Trump and build our Party’s future. Proud and humbled to have her with me in this fight.” (RELATED: Kennedy Delivers Dark Rebuttal To Donald Trump’s State Of The Union)
Pelosi and Kennedy have appeared to work closely together since he took office. In 2018, Pelosi asked him to give the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
Markey has yet to publicly address Pelosi’s endorsement. His office did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller when asked about Pelosi’s decision.