Calla Walsh still has Ed Markey’s victory speech pinned to her bedroom wall. The 16-year-old from Massachusetts went all-in on the septuagenarian senator’s ultra-progressive campaign in 2020, devoting countless hours toward organizing for his primary victory against Joe Kennedy III.
When Markey won, he credited a movement powered by young people like Walsh, and urged them to stay in the fight. “This is a tribute to young people and their vision,” he said during his victory speech in September. “They will save us if we let them.”
Walsh looks at those words every day, but they ring more hollow now. She and her fellow campaign soldiers have heeded Markey’s call to remain engaged. Their boundless energy just has a new target: Markey himself.