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Elizabeth Warren’s Senate Run

October 11, 2011 Leave a comment
One of the biggest surprises of the Republican victories in the tumultuous 2010 mid-term elections was the election of Republican Scott Brown to the Massachusetts senate seat. Riding a wave of Tea Party support and Republican momentum, Brown out campaigned and out maneuvered a weak Democratic candidate, Martha Coakly, who thought that due to Massachusetts’ historically liberal leanings the senate seat was all but hers. She was mistaken of course and Brown won the senate seat shocking much of the nation.

However, now Scott Brown has a new challenger and holding on to that senate seat as an incumbent might prove to be a bit more difficult than winning it was back in 2010. Elizabeth Warren has recently thrown her hat into the ring for Kennedy’s long held senate seat and is proving a formidable challenger. Warren, a Harvard professor and long time consumer advocate who is mostly known for helping create the Consumer Protection Bureau and then being passed over by Obama to head it, has devoted much of her professional life researching working against large financial special interest groups. In addition to her scholarly work, she was appointed by senator Reid to the TARP oversight committee in 2008 and testified before congress on numerous occasions on financial issues. It was her tenacity and success in this arena that most likely lead Obama to pass her over in hopes that a more moderate head of the newly created Consumer Protection Bureau would be less controversial to newly elected conservative house members, who vowed to block her nomination.

While early predictions either favored Brown or put Brown and Warren neck and neck, a few missteps by Brown and the rising tide of anti-financial sector sentiments have begun to swing the tide slightly in Warren’s favor. Recently, Brown invoked angry sentiments when he made unflattering quips about Warren’s physical appearance when questioned about his nude photo spread in Playgirl. If Brown continues such missteps, and if public opinion against big moneyed interests continue to rise, then Warren, who is seen among many as a stalwart defender of the middle-class consumer against big money, could easily ride that wave to a Democratic victory in 2012.

In fact, it appears that public opinion is beginning so slowly turn. The New York Times reported on October 10, 2011 that Warren is out fundraising Brown and far out fundraising her democratic primary candidates, two of who have withdrawn from the race, and that favorable opinions of her amongst likely voters are growing. Current polls have Warren and Brown tied in the Massachusetts senate race. Not a bad performance for someone who just entered the race a month ago.

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Votes Vary: Mass Senate Election

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week a very important Senate election was held in which Democratic candidate (Coakley) was upset by Republican candidate (Brown).  The vote was particularly important because it sent a message that the majority of the population, most commonly associated with the Democratic party, favored Brown who is against health care reform and believes economic stimulus should be the priority.  This tells President Obama that his own party members are not all backing his Health Care reform plan since Brown’s election to the Senate will definitely result in one more vote against it.  One such voter, Victoria Vigna, is a prime example of a Democrat who voted in favor of Brown in last week’s election.  While she supports President Obama and believes in him, she simply decided that Brown was the better candidate for the job.  Unfortunately for the Obama health care reform plan, Vigna was not the only Democrat who thought Brown was the best candidate for the job.  In turn, members of both parties agree that the party lines are kind of a mess right now and there seems to be a lot of arguing that needs to subside if anything is going to get done.  Ultimately, the popular consensus was a vote that shocked the political lines, a vote that will no doubt cause Obama to second guess the direction he takes the country in.  The good news is that Obama supporters still show a strong level of support for him and believe in his ability to make the right decision that is best for American citizens.  As thorough and as careful as Obama is, he is unlikely to make a decision that is not backed with strong support from expert advisers and a vast majority of the U.S. population.  His next couple of moves will show the type of character he possesses and his ability to handle obstacles that lie in his course of action.  The expectation is that he’ll be just fine.  We have to keep in mind that there is always going to be strong voices of support and opposition when it comes to decisions that involve policies as large as the health care reform plan.

Hillary Clinton’s Camp is Election-Ready

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

No Political Race in Sight, but Hillary Clinton’s Camp is Election-Ready

Author: Michael Mcauliff – DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

Source: NYDailyNews.com DAILY NEWS, Updated Wednesday, July 29th 2009, 10:32 AM, No Political Race in Sight, but Hillary Clinton’s Camp is Election-Ready, Retrieved July29th 2009 from: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/07/29/2009-07-29_hillary_camp_is_election_ready.html

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton says running for office isn’t on her “radar,” but she still has an eight-person political team and sports two overflowing campaign war chests.

Her team transformed the former Democratic White House contender’s massive campaign debts into a $3 million mountain of political cash, according to federal fund-raising records through the end of June.

Clinton’s failed presidential bid is now $1 million in the black, and her old Senate campaign committee has $2.1 million in the bank, much of it transferred in from the presidential account.

The former First Lady paid eight staffers nearly $100,000 in the second quarter of the year to tend to the remains of her political empire.

She officially pulled out of the political arena in January when she became secretary of state. But Clinton’s campaign Web site continues to accept contributions.

Democratic operatives were surprised at the size of the operation. “She’s got eight?” said one Democrat. “Can I get a job there?”

By comparison, Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is up for reelection next year, had just three people on staff last quarter.

One of Clinton’s remaining campaign workers said they were just there to wind down what was essentially a $250 million business, and would soon cut staff to five people.

The worker noted John Kerry didn’t terminate his 2004 White House campaign for more than three years after he lost.

The aide also said Team Clinton is looking to liquidate her presidential bank account, either by giving the money to other candidates or donating it to charity.

Clinton is adamant she’s not running for anything, telling a Thai TV station recently, “That’s not anything that is at all on my radar screen.” And she told ABC News on Sunday, “I’m out of politics.”

But analysts said as long as Clinton has a campaign committee with millions of dollars in it – dormant or not – she has weight in the political world.

“It raises questions about that nascent presidential campaign for 2016 – and she didn’t close the door on that, if you read her remarks carefully,” said the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato.

“Just having the committee and the money gives her political clout, if she ever needs it,” Sabato said.

A former Clinton senior campaign aide told the Daily News that her current job running the State Department would position her perfectly for a White House campaign redux.

“It answers the last question about her: can she run something?” the aide said. “And it’s a huge platform.”