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The middle class may finally have another advocate in the Senate. The lone spokesperson in the Senate for the middle and lower class, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) may soon be joined by consumer advocate and longtime President Obama adviser Elizabeth Warren. Many democratic insiders are hinting that Warren will announce a Senate bid after Labor Day challenging Scott Brown (R-MA) for his seat in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts resident and Harvard Law School professor wrote a blog on Thursday afternoon stating that she would not “stop fighting for middle class families.” Other sources also suggest that Warren is preparing a major campaign launch. Warren is currently being assisted by two influential Democratic operatives in the state: Doug Rubin, the chief strategist for Gov.
Deval Patrick’s two successful statewide runs, and Kyle Sullivan, Patrick’s press secretary for his first term. She has also begun making a series of calls to influential activists and party officials in the state.
Warren recently stepped down as an adviser to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because of Republicans refusal to confirm Warren for a permanent post in the organization that she created.
“In the weeks ahead, I want to hear from you about the challenges we face and how we get our economy growing again,” she wrote in her post on Blue Mass Group. “I also want to hear your ideas about how we can fix what all of us — regardless of party — know is a badly broken political system.”
“She is spending several hours today making calls around the state, governor, lieutenant governor, congressional delegation, party leaders, and grassroots activists,” a source within the national Democratic Party told The Huffington Post.
“The calls will continue for the next couple of days so she can have as many personal conversations as possible. She will start traveling early next week doing one on one meetings, small group get togethers, all very casual.”
As for why Warren waited until now to begin reaching out to state officials, the source noted that she was previously restricted from doing so under the Hatch Act: “She needed to completely wrap up her work [with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] before starting to make Massachusetts political calls.”
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