House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed Massachussetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III in his bid to unseat the state's incumbent Sen. Ed Markey, giving Kennedy a crucial boost in a tight Democratic primary race.
Why it matters: The move signals Pelosi’s growing embrace of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, and comes as many on the left have called for fresher, younger faces to represent party leadership.
- Her endorsement was also a surprise to many in Washington, given she served 25 years with Markey in the House and the two have long been supportive of each other.
What she's saying: "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 announcing her endorsement.
- "Joe Kennedy represents this party’s future. He will help lead Democrats forward on the defining battles of our time," Pelosi added in a news release from Kennedy's campaign, per the Boston Globe.