Jul 19, 2011
BOSTON — Now that Harvard University professor Elizabeth Warren has been passed over by the Obama Administration to lead the agency that she created, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, some Democrats are hoping that she
will challenge U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in 2012.
Elizabeth Warren, the daughter of an Oklahoma janitor who became a Harvard Law School professor, has long been considered a stalwart advocate for consumers. That is why she was chosen by President Obama to shape the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
But Warren was not nominated White House to run it. That honor went to former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. A Warren candidacy for that position would have faced what many viewed as insurmountable opposition from Republicans in the House and Senate, who are seeking to re-write the rules governing the bureau.
Now that her name has been removed from contention, many Massachusetts Democrats are wondering if she'll be up to challenge Scott Brown in the 2012 election. And it's not just locals. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a Washington-based group with deep pockets, on Monday launched a campaign to draft Warren for the race.
Some political pundits say Warren, although little known among folks on the street, could well appeal to Democratic voters with her history of activism on behalf of consumers and by her own personal story beginning with her working-class roots in Oklahoma.
But Charlie Blandy of BlueMassGroup told WGBH's Emily Rooney that he believes Warren¹s failure to win White House approval to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may be her greatest disappointment .
"This was her life¹s work. I think if she was to run for Senate or even if she was to be Senator that would sort of dilute her life¹s work in that area of consumer protection," Blandy said.
Meanwhile, the Massachusetts GOP is playing down a potential Warren candidacy.
The field of Democratic candidates currently includes includes Newton mayor Setti Warren, City Year founder Alan Khazei, state Rep. Thomas Conroy and businessman Bob Massie.
Warren has been quiet on the whether she will run or accept the challenge if drafted by a grassroots movement.
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