Elizabeth Warren hints at Massachusetts Senate run
Former Obama administration advisor Elizabeth Warren hinted she's exploring a run for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts after being passed over for a nomination to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
In a post Thursday on the Democratic website Blue Mass Group, Warren said she was looking for new ways to continue fighting for average Americans and asked readers for their ideas. Some liberals are trying to draft Warren to run for the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in November 2012. Her comments only added to speculation that she's considering jumping in.
"I left Washington, but I don’t plan to stop fighting for middle class families," she wrote. "I spent years working against special interests and have the battle scars to show it -- and I have no intention of stopping now."
"It is time for me to think hard about what role I can play next to help rebuild a middle class that has been hacked at, chipped at, and pulled at for more than a generation -- and that that is under greater strain every day," she continued.
Liberals love Warren and had pushed hard for President Obama to nominate her to be the first director of the consumer agency -- an agency she was the first to propose back in 2007. But most Republicans and much of Wall Street opposed Warren, raising concerns that she could not be confirmed.
Obama avoided a confirmation battle by naming her an advisor in September, allowing her to take the lead in organizing the bureau before it launched last month. But with Senate Republicans vowing to block any nominee unless the new agency's powers were weakened, Obama opted to nominate former Ohio Atty. Gen. Richard Cordray.
Warren has returned to Harvard Law School to teach in the fall semester. And the experience in Washington left an impression on her, she said, hinting she'd like to return to make some changes.
"In the weeks ahead, I want to hear from you about the challenges we face and how we get our economy growing again," she wrote in the blog post. "I also want to hear your ideas about how we can fix what all of us -- regardless of party -- know is a badly broken political system."
-- Jim Puzzanghera
Photo: Elizabeth Warren watches President Obama announce his nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last month. Credit: Getty Images