By Adam Reilly
Dec. 12, 2011
BOSTON — Elizabeth Warren has one less Democrat to worry about as she prepares to challenge Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012. State Rep. Tom Conroy (D-Wayland) ended his Senate campaign at the State House, saying that after Warren jumped in the race in September, it quickly became clear that she’d be almost impossible to beat.
“I did not enter this race, however, to run against Elizabeth Warren,” Conroy said. “I entered this race to run against a reckless Republican who’s not serving the best interest of the people of Massachusetts. But her name recognition, financial resources and ability to energize thousands of volunteers have closed my window of opportunity to compete against him.”
Conroy also announced that he’s endorsing Warren in the Democratic race.
Asked if the other Democrats still running should clear the field for Warren, Conroy was noncommittal, saying the decision should be left to each candidate. But he also made it clear that he thinks Warren is already prepared to face Brown in the general election — and doesn’t need a competitive primary to toughen her up.
“I think she’s a very strong candidate,” Conroy said. “She’s very sharp and quick on her feet — I think she demonstrated that in [last week’s] debate. She’s a very intelligent woman.”
With Conroy out of the race, Warren’s challengers include lawyers Marisa DeFranco and Jim King and engineer Herb Robinson. During the Dec. 6 Democratic Senate debate at Stonehill College, DeFranco had some success attacking Warren from the left. But a recent UMass Amherst poll showed DeFranco had the support of just 6 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, compared to 73 percent for Warren. That same poll put Conroy’s support at 7 percent.
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