Warren Moving Closer to Possible Senate Run
Ms. Warren may be going back to Washington.
Elizabeth Warren, who set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau but wasn’t nominated by President Obama to run it, this week hired two former advisers to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to explore the possibility of her seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate from the Bay State.
Warren, a professor at Harvard Law School, hinted of her interest in a posting on a liberal blog in which she wrote: “It is time for me to think hard about what role I can play next to help rebuild a middle class that has been hacked at, chipped at, and pulled at for more than a generation – and that is under greater strain every day.”
Warren said she would make a decision by September.
If she ran, she would be seeking the nomination for the right to challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) next year. Brown won the seat last year after a special election following the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Brown has high approval ratings and is expected to be well financed.
However, some Democrats think that because next year is a presidential election and Massachusetts is a heavily Democratic state (all the members of the state’s congressional delegation except for Brown are Democrats and no Republican has carried the state in a presidential election since Ronald Reagan in 1984) they might have to unseat him.
Seven Democrats have already declared their candidacy.