These 4 local politicos made The New York Times’s ‘Young Democrats to Watch’ list

(Clockwise from top left) Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley, and Boston City Council president Michelle Wu.
(Clockwise from top left) Seth Moulton, Joseph Kennedy III, Ayanna Pressley, and Michelle Wu. –AP/Steven Senne, Paul Marotta/Getty Images, Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe, David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Two members of the Boston City Council and two congressmen from Massachusetts are on their way to Democratic stardom, according to a New York Times columnist.

In an admittedly subjective list of the “14 Young Democrats to Watch,” Times columnist Frank Bruni spoke to party members to assemble the most “buzzed-about” Democrats under 45 years old, some of whom could speak at the Democratic National Convention in July.

“I’m showcasing these 14 because they in particular are generating a noteworthy degree of excitement, have intriguing backgrounds or are well positioned for more prominent roles,” Bruni writes. “And because they caught my eye.”

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The list includes four Massachusetts members: Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley, and Boston City Council president Michelle Wu. Each has a compelling reason to think their political future is bright.

Moulton, a Harvard graduate and medal-winning Marine who served in Iraq, “is deft with the media and unhesitant to speak out,” Bruni writes, citing his comparison of Donald Trump to Hitler.

Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, is more than just a famous last name. “Democrat after Democrat told me that he’s the real deal, industrious and intelligent, with as much raw talent as pedigree,” Bruni writes.

Pressley, the first woman of color elected to the City Council, made waves last year when she was presented with a rising star award by Emily’s List, a group dedicated to fundraising for female Democratic candidates.

And Wu, the first Asian-American woman to serve on the council, has quickly ascended to become the body’s president.

The list won plaudits from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who took to Facebook to congratulate the four, including her two former Harvard Law students Wu and Kennedy.

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