NEW York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for endorsing Rep. Joe Kennedy III in the fierce Senate Democratic primary in Massachusetts.
The endorsement angered progressives who strongly support incumbent senator Ed Markey who has championed left-wing policies such as the Green New Deal.
Pelosi threw her considerable clout behind Kennedy – the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and grandnephew of former President John F. Kennedy – and lauded his “courage and leadership” in a video released Thursday.
Pelosi believes the key to retaining Democratic control of the House and regaining control of the Senate is running moderate candidates with broad appeal, and not progressives bent on delivering Medicare for All and overhauling the economy to help the environment.
Pelosi’s support for Kennedy was at odds, however, with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “blacklist” policy, which prevents any party consultant who assists primary challengers from working on national party races.
AOC, who was elected herself after upsetting a longtime Democrat congressman in a primary battle, quickly called out Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in pair of fiery tweets.
“No one gets to complain about primary challenges again,” AOC tweeted. “So @dccc, when can we expect you to reverse your blacklist policy against primary orgs?”
AOC has long railed against the DCCC “blacklist” policy and called for changes, which she says prevents political newcomers from running for office.
“Because between this & lack of care around @IlhanMN’s challenger, it seems like less a policy and more a cherry-picking activity,” she tweeted in reference to DC establishment efforts to bankroll a primary challenge to fellow progressive “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar.
AOC continued: “He blatantly admitted to using shell corporations to get around the DCCC blacklist, which all but means his vendors work w/ the Democratic Party. Yet DCCC hasn’t enforced policy. I wonder why”
Omar defeated her primary challenger, Antone Melton-Meaux, earlier this month but not before Melton-Meaux had locked down several notable endorsements and raised $3.2 million.
Justice Democrats, a progressive PAC, also slammed Pelosi over her decision to endorse Kennedy after the group said she “stood by the DCCC’s policy” to blacklist firms that worked on primary challenges.
“This move reeks of hypocrisy: the party is setting one standard for progressives and one entirely different standard for the establishment,” Justice Democrats Executive Director Alexandra Rojas said in a statement.
Despite the intra-party sniping, Markey congratulated his rival on earning Pelosi’s support, saying he would have been “proud” to have it.
“Speaker Pelosi is an effective leader who has shattered glass ceilings throughout her career. I had the privilege to work alongside Nancy in the House for decades and any candidate would be proud to have her endorsement. I congratulate Joe Kennedy on securing her support,” he wrote on Twitter.
There’s less than two weeks remaining until Massachusetts’s primary election on Sept. 1.
When did Nancy Pelosi endorse Kennedy?
When did Nancy Pelosi endorse Kennedy?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed Rep. Joe Kennedy III – the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and grandnephew of former President John F. Kennedy – in the increasingly bitter Senate Democratic primary in Massachusetts on Thursday, August 20.
“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 released by the Kennedy Campaign.
The House Speaker added that Kennedy was integral to the Democrats winning a House majority in 2018 and that he “knows that to achieve progressive change, you must be on the front lines, leading movements of people.”
Kennedy thanked and praised Pelosi when he tweeted the video of her endorsement, saying that “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.”
What’s more, Kennedy has picked up several other endorsements from House colleagues, including Reps. Mark Pocan, Joaquin Castro, Conor Lamb and the late John Lewis.
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