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Kennedy wins an endorsement from Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon

The Lewis endorsement could help Kennedy push back against arguments he is not as progressive as rival Edward Markey.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., attends a Sept. 10, 2019 ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first recorded arrival of enslaved African people in America.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., attends a Sept. 10, 2019 ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first recorded arrival of enslaved African people in America. –AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III picked up some notable endorsements from House colleagues in his primary race against Senator Edward J. Markey, gaining the backing of several high-profile Democrats, including the civil rights icon John Lewis.

“In the years that I have known Joe Kennedy I have seen him stand up and fight — time and again — for the suffering, the struggling, and the silenced,’’ said the 79-year-old Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who was a pivotal player in the civil rights movement.

“At a moment of profound national crisis, Joe offers our country the kind of powerful moral leadership it needs,’’ Lewis said. “He is a clear voice for justice and dignity in our rising generation of public servants. I am proud to endorse his run for the US Senate.’’

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