Joe Kennedy to endorse Warren during campaign announcement

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyMassachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy says Patriots ‘should sign’ Kaepernick Markey touts past praise from Kennedy: ‘He does an incredible job’ Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary MORE III (D-Mass.) is set to endorse Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) for president when she formally announces her candidacy on Saturday, according to a person familiar with the plans.

Kennedy will make the announcement in a speech introducing Warren at an event in Lawrence, Mass., where she is expected to officially kick off her campaign for the White House. The planned endorsement was first reported on Friday by The Boston Globe.

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A spokesperson for Warren’s campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.

Kennedy, a rising star in the Democratic Party, will be among Warren’s first high-profile endorsers. 

While most lawmakers have so far withheld their endorsements in the nascent 2020 Democratic presidential primary, a handful of politicians have offered candidates their support. 

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezGOP’s Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst Government watchdog: ‘No evidence’ Pompeo violated Hatch Act with Kansas trips No time to be selling arms to the Philippines MORE (D-N.J.) endorsed Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) last week after he threw his name into the primary contest.

And Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), who announced her candidacy last month, has already secured endorsements from California lawmakers, including Reps. Ted LieuTed W. LieuTed Lieu responds to viral video: ‘Costco has a right to require that customers wear a mask’ Bipartisan Senate group offers new help to state, local governments California Democrat blasts Huntington Beach protesters: They ‘undoubtedly spread the virus’ MORE (D) and Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by The American Investment Council – Trump takes his ‘ready to reopen’ mantra on the road The Hill’s Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race Republican flips House seat in California special election MORE (D). 

Kennedy’s endorsement could give Warren a boost as she seeks to move beyond the controversy surrounding her past claims of Native American ancestry. 

Criticism of those claims was renewed this week after The Washington Post published a copy of Warren’s 1986 registration card for the State Bar of Texas in which she identifies herself as “American Indian.”

Updated at 1:38 p.m.

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