It’s beginning to look as though consumer advocate and political lightning rod Elizabeth Warren might make a serious run for Senate. Warren, who recently stepped down as interim leader of the nation’s new consumer protection bureau, is meeting with political insiders and Democratic party activists in her home state of Massachusetts.
In a post written for an influential liberal political blog in the state, Warren said she plans to spend the next few weeks talking to people about “how we can fix what all of us—regardless of party—know is a badly broken political system.”
Also, Huffington Post reports that Warren is meeting with top Democratic Party strategists in the state, including Doug Rubin, chief strategist for Gov. Deval Patrick, and Kyle Sullivan, Patrick’s former press secretary. Sources tell Huffington Post that Warren would be spending Friday calling the governor, other Democratic Party leaders and activists around the state.
Warren’s blog post begins with the kind of folksy autobiography we’ve come to expect from her, but in greater detail. She talks about the scrimping and saving her family had to do to get by, including free haircuts by her Aunt Bert and Easter dresses bought by her Aunt Bea. She also talks about how her family lost its car and her mom had to take a job answering the phone at Sears after her father suffered a heart attack and had to switch jobs.
“I never shook off the worry: did we have enough money to cover basic expenses, enough money to help our parents retire, enough money to build secure futures for our children?” Warren writes.
If she runs, Warren would challenge Senator Scott Brown, a Republican who beat Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2010. Coakley was considered an easy favorite, but Brown won by a comfortable margin of 52 to 47%.
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