Warren eyes Senate seat?
May 24th, 2011
08:44 AM ET
3 years ago

Warren eyes Senate seat?

(CNN) - Elizabeth Warren, who is the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is considering a Senate run in Massachusetts against incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

Officials within the Democratic Party are urging the Massachusetts native and Harvard law professor to take the plunge in hopes she could oust Brown with her own following, ties to the state and political drive.

However, multiple Democratic sources tell CNN that Warren would prefer a recess appointment to run the bureau over a Senate run, action that appears unlikely given some senators have said they would block any nominee for the agency charged with making consumer financial products and services – including applying for mortgages and credit cards – work for Americans.

Some inside the White House would rather she run for office than face the uncertainty of a recess appointment, but said she has avoided discussing the matter openly for fear of polarizing the bureau.

"She is actively considering a run but wants to make sure that the bureau is up, operational and set for success," one Democratic official said.

The sense among Democrats who want her to run is that she could transform the race with her national profile, while raising money across the country.

But senior CFPB spokesman Jen Howard told CNN, "Elizabeth Warren is 100 percent focused on building the new consumer agency."

Warren became a somewhat polarizing figure for her role as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to investigate the U.S. banking bailout following the financial crisis.

The Bureau was created as part of the controversial Dodd-Frank Act passed through Congress, largely along party lines, in July 2010. The bill set up regulations to implement financial safeguards and increase consumer protections and has received criticism from conservatives critical of government intervention.

Brown won a special election to fill the seat vacated by former Sen. Ted Kennedy in 2009 and has since faced criticism from some on the left who hope to recapture the seat in the historically Democratic-leaning state that President Barack Obama won by 20 points in the 2008 presidential election.

Brown has attempted to navigate between the demands of the right and many of his constituent's more liberal ideology. Most recently he announced his opposition to fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's controversial plan to overhaul the Medicare health care program for seniors.


Filed under: Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Brown will not get re-elected no matter what he says about the Ryan Plan. He's already shown his hole card on issues most important to voters in Mass.

    May 24, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. diridi

    First you have to do what you are assigned to do. All the times, expecting to climb the ladder to make fast buck, ignoring the nation's problems, no good. Get visa/M/C, Banking cheating. Banks are charging outrageous interest rate when lending, CD rates are way down????Why???? Any answer?????????wake up, and work....you can be senator, make money out of public....

    May 24, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. John K.

    She will do less damage to the country in the Senate. The question is whether the people of Massachusetts are still inclined to elect a socialist to the Senate after inflicting Ted Kennedy on the United States for multiple decades.

    May 24, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Scot

    I hope she does run ! She is very smart and its keen on protecting the consumers and targeting the bad actors in business,

    May 24, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Joe B-b-b-b-bob

    Go, Elizabeth! She's brilliant, tough and righteous.

    May 24, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS

    Run Elizabeth, Run!!!

    May 24, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Brooke in Fort Mill

    This is not a comment on Warren's view points or electablility, just pointing out a mistake in the above copy.

    Warren is not a Massachussetts native. She grew up in Oklahoma and went to college in Texas and law school at Rutgers. She didn't move to the Bay State till she started at Harvard in 1992.

    So, she's certainly been there a long time, but she didn't grow up on chowdah and summering on the Cape.

    May 24, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Casey

    That would be a pretty tough one. I love Warren and think she's amaizing, but I think Brown is doing a pretty decent job and has shown a strong (or possibly pollitically savvy) independent streak. I would have to vote for Warren though. It's too bad we would have to replace one of the republicans I like. Why can't Brown represent OH or Warren get elected in TN?

    May 24, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. Claire

    Elizabeth Warren is intelligent, honest, and too much of a consumer advocate to be elected to public office.

    May 24, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. ten

    You go Elizabeth, make Mass a Liberal State. I and all other Dems in the country are behind you, the Gop voters can vote on no Entitlements for Americans at all? I can,t imagine that kind of mindset?????? Dems 2012

    May 24, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. Bruce

    "...some senators have said they would block any nominee for the agency charged with making consumer financial products and services...work for Americans."

    WTF!! Republican Senators no doubt. They reeaally don't care about the average citizen's interest...just the wealthy and elite croud.

    May 24, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Joshua Ludd

    Considering mr. "I have a truck" only got elected because of the complete absence of an actual campaign by his opponent he shouldn't be too difficult to defeat.

    May 24, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. Raffly

    I agree with Casey, I wish that can happen. It is 21st century, republican should follow the trend, otherwise they will be behind, sooner or later they will be gone totally.

    May 24, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Four and The Door

    Brown ...most recently he announced his opposition to fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's controversial plan to overhaul the Medicare health care program for seniors.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ...with no alternative on the table except Medicare running out of money. Yeah, good choice, huh? At least Paul Ryan has the good sense to figure out a way to save Medicare. We need politicians who actually believe it is their job to manage the government and not wimp out on tough deceisions because of fear for their own political career.

    May 24, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. GI Joe

    Republicans ALWAYS pull the bait and switch.

    They are ruining this country and turning it into something that is unrecognizable compared to 20 years ago.

    VOTE REPUBLICANS OUT or lose your country forever.

    May 24, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    One thing is clear; this intelligent lad

    May 24, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    The GOP is clearly TERRIFIED by this intelligent woman.

    She is no punk and will not back down when challenged by weak minds spouting weak ideas devoid of real solutions.

    Her passion for protecting the common working man on the street from predatory, paper pushing, non-contributors-to-the-GDP is what we like to see in public servants.

    I hope we find a way to plave her in a high ranking government position for as long as she wants to serve.

    May 24, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |