Rep. Kennedy to run for Markey’s Senate seat, Sen. Cotton defends Trump’s...

Rep. Kennedy to run for Markey’s Senate seat, Sen. Cotton defends Trump’s bid for Greenland

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Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (Screengrab from Rep. Kennedy's Facebook page)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

CAPITOL HILL— Congress remains on recess until after Labor Day. Capitol Hill is quiet. Lawmakers are realigning their legislative priorities for the fall. Most House members are planning for their reelection or retirement in 2020. One House member, Democratic Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts is contemplating a primary challenge against Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). In a Facebook post Monday, Kennedy wrote:

“Over the past few weeks I’ve begun to consider a run for the U.S. Senate. This isn’t a decision I’m approaching lightly and — to be completely candid — I wasn’t expecting to share my thoughts so soon.”

Kennedy, 38, a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, would challenge Markey, 73, both progressive Democrats. Markey was in the House for decades before taking over John Kerry’s Senate seat. Of Kennedy’s proposed bid, Markey’s spokeswoman, Giselle Barry, says Markey is running for re-election “no matter who enters the race.”

But Kennedy says in his Facebook post: “I hear the folks who say I should wait my turn, but with due respect — I’m not sure this is a moment for waiting.”

In other news, Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton defends in a New York Times op-ed President Donald Trump’s bid to buy Greenland from Denmark. Cotton writes, “The acquisition of Greenland would secure vital strategic interests for the United States, economically benefit both us and Greenlanders, and would be in keeping with American — and Danish — diplomatic traditions.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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