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Elizabeth Warren's next stop -- Legoland

July 18, 2011 |  1:16 pm

When you win the Super Bowl, you head to Walt Disney World. But where do you go when you lose out on a prized federal government nomination?

For Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor whom President Obama did not choose to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the answer is as clear as black and white (or, maybe more fittingly, bright red, yellow, green and blue): Legoland.

Warren was the choice of liberals to head the powerful new agency. But with Senate Republicans promising a veto, Obama opted not to nominate her to head an agency she originally proposed in 2007. Instead he nominated former Ohio Atty. Gen. Richard Cordray.

Now, after spending nearly a year as an administration advisor preparing the agency for its official launch Thursday, Warren said she'll be taking some time off. She dodged questions Monday about whether she would challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) next year. Warren said she'd give a Senate race some thought when she got back home to Massachusetts.

But right now she said her eyes are on the multi-colored theme park in Carlsbad, Calif.

"I’m taking my little grandbabies and I’m going to Legoland," Warren told CNBC on Monday.

Warren's daughter lives in Southern California. And after 14-hour days organizing the consumer agency, Warren told MSNBC, "It's time for a little vacation for me."


Richard Cordray is best choice to head consumer bureau, Obama says

-- Jim Puzzanghera

Photo: A replica of the U.S. Capitol at Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif. Credit: Los Angeles Times.