It should come as no surprise that Elizabeth Warren jumped into her campaign for US Senate with both feet, meeting with potential voters literally moments after announcing her candidacy.
In the announcement video released early Wednesday morning, Warren introduced herself as a fierce advocate for the middle class, an image that will be central to her campaign to replace Republican Senator Scott Brown. But before Warren can challenge Brown, she must first compete in and win a crowded Democratic primary next September.
Warren may not be a politician by training, but she is certainly no stranger to politics. She spent the last year directly battling Congressional Republicans who want to cripple, if not kill, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency she created and hoped to lead until it became clear that her nomination would never clear a Senate hostile to anyone advancing interests that run counter to Wall Street profits.
It’s a race that is sure to capture the national spotlight. Brown has already raised nearly $10 million for his re-election campaign while the advocacy group Progressive Change Campaign announced raising $200,000 for Warren on the first official day of her candidacy. Warren has the backing of other organizations like EMILY’s List, which will certainly help her fundraising efforts.
And she’s running for a seat that Democrats hold near and dear. Brown won the seat in January 2010 in a special election after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy who had held it for nearly 50 years and are eager to win it back.
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