Elizabeth Warren picked up a significant endorsement in her bid to oust Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts. Former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold gave Warren his first Senate endorsement of 2012, calling her campaign “an absolute crucial part of our fight against the nasty influence of corporate money in politics.”
Feingold, in an email to supporters, suggested Warren was the best candidate to carry on his progressive traditions. To accomplish that, Feingold asked supporters to donate $5 each to Warren before she has to submit her first public financial data on Friday, showing how much money she has raised.
Warren’s campaign has received a lot of attention, but she must first win the Democratic primary. National Democratic leaders have vowed to stay neutral in the primary fight, but given the attention Warren has received, reading between the lines suggests she is their clear favorite as well.
The Warren-Feingold partnership is a natural fit. Feingold has a long history of advocating for progressive and populist Wall Street and corporate reform. Feingold’s word carries significant weight in the progressive community and this first endorsement shows how serious they are taking her campaign.
That backing appears to be paying off as a recent survey by Public Policy Polling has Warren already narrowly leading Brown 46 to 44.
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