Though Sen. Ed Markey (D) is not drawing a primary challenge from either upstart House member Seth Moulton (D-Salem) or Ayanna Presley (D-Boston) as originally speculated, he will have intra-party opposition, nonetheless. Labor lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan yesterday announced her intention to challenge the 43-year congressional veteran, attempting to deny him re-nomination.
Ms. Liss-Riordan specializes in defending under-paid workers and has won lawsuits against American Airlines, FedEx, Harvard University, and Starbucks, among others. This will be her first run for public office, so Sen. Markey certainly begins as an overwhelming favorite to win the party nod and general election.
Mr. Markey was first elected to the House in 1976 representing the Malden-Melrose area. He would win 17 consecutive re-election campaigns before claiming the 2013 special US Senate election after then-Sen. John Kerry (D) was appointed Secretary of State. Sen. Markey won a 59-36% re-election to a full term in 2014 and now stands for a second six-year commitment next year.
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