Rep. , a New York Democrat and one of the country’s most coveted progressive campaign surrogates, endorsed Sen. ’s reelection on Friday.

Ocasio-Cortez’s blessing, delivered in a , aims to strengthen the Massachusetts Democrat’s position ahead of what is likely to be a difficult primary a year from now.

Boston labor lawyer and businessman have already launched Democratic bids challenging Markey. 

But Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a grandson of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is actively considering a Senate run and is expected to prove the most formidable opponent if he jumps in. All else being equal, Kennedy’s family name grants him exalted status in the Bay State. Reliable independent polls show him with a in a

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