Joe Kennedy III appears with activist who launched racist diatribe against GOP candidate

By Erin Tiernan | Boston Herald

August 17, 2020

A fed up Rayla Campbell, GOP candidate for Congress, ripped into Joseph Kennedy III at a City Hall Plaza press event Monday, blasting him for accepting the support of someone who insulted her interracial marriage.

Campbell, the lone opponent to U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, was escorted from the event by Boston Police after she erupted into screams demanding to know why Kennedy, who is in a tight race for the Senate against incumbent U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, was standing alongside Roxbury community activist Monica Cannon-Grant.

“He’s talking about racial justice and it’s pretty ironic that he’s got Monica Cannon-Grant and she’s standing right there behind him. I just couldn’t believe he wouldn’t say anything or disavow this woman,” Campbell told the Herald.

In a widely disseminated video from July, Cannon-Grant questioned Campbell’s blackness, repeatedly called Campbell a “heifer” and made frequent crude references to Campbell’s white husband and their sex life.

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons called Kennedy “hypocritical” for allowing Cannon-Grant an active role in his campaign.

Republican Senate contender Kevin O’Connor agreed.

“Instead of denouncing her, he stood in solidarity with her and effectively endorsed her hate speech. He knows what she said and he never distanced himself from her,” O’Connor said.

Kennedy’s event came on the heels of last week’s fiery debate against Markey and one day before the rivals’ final stand-off before the Sept. 1 primary.

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