By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy told WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller that Sen. Ed Markey has been on “the wrong side” of racial justice issues throughout his political career.

Kennedy and Markey are squaring off in Tuesday’s Democratic Massachusetts Senate primary.

WBZ-TV invited both Kennedy and Markey to participate in interviews for Sunday’s edition of Keller @ Large. Markey, citing scheduling conflicts, declined.

Kennedy told Keller he does not believe Markey “has the history on racial justice that we need.” Keller then asked Kennedy if he believes Markey is a racist.

“I don’t think Sen. Markey is a racist Jon, no,” Kennedy said. “You hope to serve in times of consequence in this job. Sen. Markey served in times of consequence particularly when it comes to racial justice and he’s been on the wrong side over and over again. I think that’s important given the importance of this moment. What it shows that in order to get through it, it’s not enough to legislate on racial justice. An economic recovery bill is a racial justice bill. A transportation bill is s a racial justice bill. A healthcare bill has to be a racial justice bill. What we’ve seen is a lack of awareness and commitment from the senator on those topics.”

Part 2: Keller @ Large With Joe Kennedy


Kennedy also spoke about how he tries to separate his own campaign from his family’s history in politics.

“I try to be very clear with anybody over the course of my prior races that it’s me on the ballot,” said Kennedy. “If you vote for me because you’re hoping to get Bobby Kennedy, or President Kennedy or Teddy, or my dad or someone else, you’re getting me for better or worse. It’s been very important for me to be able to go out there and make my case, make sure people across the people of my district and now the commonwealth know me for who I am.”

Jon Keller

Comments (3)
  1. RLS says:

    I am very disappointed in my fellow redhead for slandering his progressive opponent. Note the fact-checking here, toward the bottom of the page.

  2. Siva Sivalogan says:

    Come on, I used to live in Malden and I know first hand that Ed Markey was an in absentia Congressman and a not seen in Massachusetts Senator during the last 6 years. Everyone knows that Ed Markey moved his primary residence to Chevy Chase, MD a long time ago and only visits the Commonwealth during election time. In fact during his time as a Congressman, when he ran unopposed, his visits to the district that he was supposedly representing were far and few. How can anyone justify voting for Ed Markey? Please come out and vote on September 1 and vote to nominate Joe Kennedy III as the Democratic Nominee.

    1. Kev McG says:

      Nope, sorry. I already cast my vote against continuing the Kennedy dynasty.

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