This isn’t totally unexpected — at least not by those who are plugged in, but it is very welcome indeed. The single most compelling communicator in the Democratic Party today, freshman phenom Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has endorsed Ed Markey:
My brain practically melted when I read this poll that said that more people consider Joe Kennedy “progressive” than Markey. Well, I think that word has to mean something. It has to mean looking out for the interests of the broad public, not those who can afford lobbyists. It means putting in the work, knowing enough about the details to counteract those armies of lobbyists. It means perspicacity — seeing major issues coming down the pike.
I don’t know how else to say it. Markey has been a model progressive. I suppose it’s on him that he hasn’t communicated that with the MA public; but given how our political media works, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that someone who does the grit work and sweats the details wouldn’t garner the most glamorous headlines. I’ve said it before: He’s the Little Red Hen of Congress.
This is your guy, progressives. Take it from AOC. Take it from Elizabeth Warren. Take it from the Sunrise Movement. Take it, if you must, from me. I endorse him not just because of his record, but because he will continue to prove his immense value in a post-Trump world.
Watch the polls. He’s going to rise.