Rep. Joe Kennedy III and Sen. Ed Markey stood next to one another at a rally against the Trump administration in February 2017. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Senator Ed Markey is up for re-election next year, and Congressman Joe Kennedy is thinking of challenging him. If it happens, it will force voters to contemplate an interesting question—what difference, if any, does 35 years make?
That’s the age gap between Markey, 73, and Kennedy, 38. And it may be the most significant difference between the two.
Both are liberals, who volunteered as young men to serve their country, Markey in the military, Kennedy in the Peace Corps. Both have emphasized their ability to make friends and work across the aisle in Congress. There doesn’t seem to be a truly glaring difference between them on any major issue.
So the choice, if this race happens, may come down to a generational distinction: do you value the experience of the Baby Boomer over the fresh energy and voice of the Gen Xer? Will Boomers—who are most likely to be nostalgic for the Kennedy name—throw out one of their own in homage to it?
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This won’t be like the Ayanna Pressley upset of Mike Capuano last year. The voter pool will be much larger, attention to the race much more intense.
And unlike then-Councillor Pressley, Kennedy won’t take anyone by surprise.
If you’re interested in generational politics, this could be the race of a lifetime. If, that is, Kennedy is like a lot of his GenX peers—sick and tired of waiting for the Boomers to get out of the way.
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