CHARLOTTE, NC — New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand apparently really enjoyed the speech Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren delivered at the Democratic National Convention last night. Shortly after Ms. Warren left the stage, Ms. Gillibrand sent an email to her supporters encouraging them to give money to Ms. Warren.
“I can’t stop thinking about Elizabeth Warren’s speech,” Ms. Gillibrand wrote. “You could hear it in her voice and see it in her eyes: Elizabeth will never give up on the middle class. She’ll be relentless in making sure everyone gets a fair shot.”
Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is embroiled in a controversy over her alleged Native American ancestry that has Beantown’s conservative tabloid, the Boston Herald, digging for her great great great grandmother’s records.
Last week, the Herald revealed Ms. Warren “enrolled herself as a minority in law school directories” citing Native American heritage. At a press conference yesterday, Ms. Warren said she’s “proud “of her heritage identified herself as Native American to score lunch invites not to advance her career.
“I listed myself in the directory in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group something that might happen with people who are like I am. Nothing like that ever happened, that was clearly not the use for it and so I stopped checking it off,” Ms. Warren said.
Elizabeth Warren is bringing out the big guns in her race against Scott Brown. A new ad for the Massachusetts Senate hopeful features President Barack Obama touting her as a champion of the middle class.
“She’s a janitor’s daughter who has become one of the country’s fiercest advocates to the middle class,” President Obama said in the ad.
Massachusetts Republicans criticized Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren for having a New York fundraiser hosted by calypso singer Harry Belafonte. Mr. Belafonte drew the ire of conservatives in Ms. Warren’s home state because of his long history as an activist, which included vigorous, sometimes controversial, opposition to the Bush administration that has earned him villain status among some conservatives.
“Harry Belafonte’s anti-American views are extreme and repugnant. He has praised Castro and Chavez, blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks that took place on 9/11 and denounced America as a villain in world affairs,” MassGOP Executive Director Nate Little,” told the Boston Herald.
For the city’s Democratic donor class, it can be a dreary procession. Night after night, candidates for high office from around the country make their way to Manhattan to rattle the tip cup. The same hors d’oeuvres, the same bromides, the same canned answers to the same audience of well-heeled party types who can cough up the couple-grand entrance fee.
But this year, local Democrats say, a new figure has emerged on the scene, someone who has sparked interest and enthusiasm in the city not seen since Barack Obama’s presidential run, or perhaps even Hillary Clinton’s first Senate run, a slight woman from the Oklahoma Plains, by way of Harvard Yard, named Elizabeth Warren.
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry spoke at the New York Law School today and The Politicker asked his thoughts on whether the former governor of his state, Mitt Romney, has moved to the right now that he’s seeking the Republican nomination. Mr. Kerry said it’s clear Mr. Romney has substantially changed his approach.
“Well,” Senator Kerry said with a laugh, “It’s like 180 degrees night and day difference. It’s just a different Mitt Romney. It’s Mitt Romney versus Mitt Romney.”
Liberal Massachusetts Senate candidate and media sensation Elizabeth Warren is having a fancy Upper East Side fundraiser with controversial billionaire investor George Soros and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sounds like she would be happy to have Elizabeth Warren — who officially formed an exploratory committee today — as a colleague in the upper chamber.
“Elizabeth Warren is an extraordinary example of someone who has gotten off the sidelines to protect America’s middle class working families,” Gillibrand told me through a spokesman. “She would be an outstanding and much needed voice in the U.S. Senate.”
In the weeks before she was officially passed over as the head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in the face of Republican opposition in the Senate, Warren was spotted meeting with Chuck Schumer — who helped engineer big Senate victories in 2006 and 2008 — leading to speculation that Warren might be interested in challenging Scott Brown in Massachusetts.
A few hours before Chuck Schumer’s press conference today, the White House sent out word that it was passing over Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Liberals had called on President Obama to fight for Warren’s appointment, but with a bloc of Republican senators refusing to yield, Schumer said the White House was doing the only thing it could.