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Labor Lawyer Announces 2020 Democratic Primary Campaign for Senator Ed Markey's Seat

Labor Lawyer Announces 2020 Democratic Primary Campaign for Senator Ed Markey's Seat

Boston, MA– Shannon Liss-Riordan, workers' rights lawyer and partner at Lichten and Liss-Riordan in Boston, announced on Monday that she will run in the 2020 Democratic primary as a challenger to Senator Ed Markey. Liss-Riordan says her campaign will focus on the issues facing women, blue-collar workers, and families, reports WBUR.

Liss-Riordan, a 49-year-old mother and resident of Brookline, has won cases against big companies such as Starbucks, FedEx, and American Airlines. She said in her campaign launch video, "Some people have called me the sledgehammer. Others say I’m corporate America’s worst nightmare. My kids just call me mom."

The Sledgehammer says that her candidacy will give voters a choice. "Maintain the status quo in Washington and stay in this endless cycle. Or vote for me and break it."

Is "status quo" just code for "old white guys"? Even following a historic election year where women were elected in a pink wave, women still make up less than a quarter of Congress in 2019.

Both Liss-Riordan and Markey are sticking to what they know best, and that’s fighting for what they believe in. Neither candidate has anything overtly negative to say about the other; instead, they are aiming all their attention at the issues they find important.

For instance, Markey is planning to focus on global warming and environmental policy for his campaign. Commonwealth Magazine reported on Markey's statements on Monday to the New England Council on his hopes that the 2020 elections will be a "referendum" on climate change policy. "I’m hoping Republicans will side with us, but if they don’t I’m more than willing to have this be a showdown, because ultimately if Donald Trump gets a second term, it’s the equivalent of a death sentence for the planet," said Markey.

Markey has represented the state of Massachusetts since 1976, first as U.S. Representative for the state’s 7th District. In 2013, he was elected to the Senate. Markey recently announced several hires for his re-election campaign. He is reported to have around $3.5 million in cash funding.