Elizabeth Warren And A Possible Senate Run

Speculation of Elizabeth Warren and a possible run at a Senate seat once held by the late Edward Kennedy was ratcheted up this week. President Obama decided at the last minute to not make Warren the head of a new consumer protection agency. Fueling hopes she would instead run for and win back the seat from Republican incumbent Scott Brown.

Democrats looking to take back the seat long held by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said Monday the consumer advocate would need to launch her candidacy sooner rather than later to counter Brown’s popularity across the state and his big campaign bank account. “I don’t think she can wait much beyond Labor Day,” said Phil Johnston, a former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. “If I were advising her, I’d recommend she make a decision as soon as possible.”

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched a “Draft Elizabeth Warren for Senate!” campaign on Monday and is raising money in case she runs. Earlier this year, the group signed up hundreds of thousands of supporters in a failed bid for Warren to lead the consumer protection agency she helped create. “Elizabeth Warren has a track record of holding Wall Street accountable and fighting for regular people like us,” the group said on its website.

Warren is expected to weigh her candidacy in the coming weeks as she prepares to return to Harvard. After standing by outside the White House as Obama named Richard Cordray to head the bureau, Warren said she wasn’t ready to think about her next career move. “I got to get back to the house I’ve lived in for 15 years, and we’ll think about those things when it’s time,” Warren said. “I’ll think about my future but not right now.”

For his part, Brown, 51, shocked the U.S. political world when he won a special election to fill the remainder of Kennedy’s six-year term after he died of a brain tumor in August 2009. Since then, Brown has leveraged his high national profile into a large campaign warchest. Some political analysts say Warren, with her high name recognition and populist rhetoric, would likely fare better against Brown than other potential Democratic contenders in 2012.

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Jul 19, 2021
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