Caroline Kennedy -- author, attorney and daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy -- endorsed Rep. Ed Markey (D) in the race to fill Secretary of State John Kerry's former senate seat, the Boston Globe reports.
The Boston Globe's Matt Viser tweeted the news Saturday:
In a statement announcing the endorsement, Markey said he "is so proud" to have Kennedy's support.
Markey will face off with Rep. Stephen Lynch in a Democratic primary on Tuesday. Public Policy Polling recently found Markey leading that race by 14 points.
Markey has been endorsed by former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the Boston Globe and The Republican. The Democrat recently touted a list of 100 Democratic politicians who were backing his senate run, though several later disputed reports they had given a formal endorsement.
Read the Markey campaign's statement on Kennedy's endorsement below:
Charlestown, Massachusetts – Caroline Kennedy announced her endorsement of Ed Markey for Senate today, praising his commitment to fighting for the people of Massachusetts and being a forward-thinking leader on critical issues.
"Ed Markey is a national leader who has taken on the key issues of our generation and is creating a better future for our country, and that's why I am pleased to endorse him for the United States Senate," said Caroline Kennedy. "Ed has spent his career fighting for opportunity for all. Whether it is his commitment to ensuring health care for every American, safeguarding women's rights or protecting our planet from climate change, he has tackled tough challenges even in the face of strong opposition. Ed Markey works tirelessly for our future and the future of our children. Ed has worked to make America safer, healthier, fairer, and more secure, and I know he will bring that passionate leadership to the U.S. Senate to benefit Massachusetts and our country."
"I'm so proud to have the support of Caroline Kennedy, a friend and passionate advocate for our children, families, and seniors," said Rep. Ed Markey. "I share Caroline's commitment to taking on big fights for the people of Massachusetts, and in the Senate I will fight to defend President Obama's historic health care reform law, protect a woman's right to choose, and ensure all people have access to the opportunities to succeed in the 21st century."