Warren, through lawyer, disavows Ready for Warren
August 22nd, 2014
05:18 PM ET
2 months ago

Warren, through lawyer, disavows Ready for Warren

Washington (CNN) - Elizabeth Warren is not Ready for Warren.

In a letter to the Federal Election Commission Friday, Warren fully disavowed herself of Ready for Warren, a super PAC with the explicit goal of encouraging the liberal Massachusetts senator to run for president in 2016.

"The senator has not, and does not, explicitly or implicitly, authorize, endorse, or otherwise approve of the organization's formation or activities," attorney Marc Elias said in the letter.

"To the contrary, Senator Warren has publicly announced that she is not running for president in 2016," he said.

The letter also states that Warren hopes "this organization will focus its attention and energy on maintaining Democratic control of the U.S. Senate and not confuse donors about a non-existent run for President."

Erica Sagrans, the Ready for Warren's campaign manger, told CNN the group of devotees was undeterred.

"I don't think there's anything new in this letter, and we're continuing with our campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016 because we believe she's the best person for the job," Sagrans wrote in a statement.

She continued: "We've all been clear since we launched our campaign that Senator Warren isn't associated with our group, and we aren't associated with the senator."

Responding to the Warren letter's call for focus on the midterms, Sagrans said the group will be focused on that effort and "completely agree with Senator Warren that maintaining Democratic control of the Senate in 2014 is what we need to focus on this fall."

Ready for Warren was started earlier this year in response to liberal excitement around the senator's possible candidacy in 2016 and he registered as a super PAC earlier this month.

The group is a direct response to what many liberal organizers say is an assumption of inevitability among the cadre of groups and political operatives organizing for a possible Hillary Clinton campaign.

The name itself is a play on Ready for Hillary, a group organizing for Clinton.

Warren has repeatedly said she is not running for president, telling multiple outlets the same present tense phrase: "I am not running for president."

Her disavowal of the super PAC urging her to run sets her apart from Clinton. Ready for Hillary has received tacit support from people close to Clinton and the former secretary of state has not told the group to stop.


Filed under: 2016 • Elizabeth Warren
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  1. rick

    Here we go again.. Start talking about one person.. ALWAYS GOT TO FLIP a part to Hillary running and being to big one thats running. Like the fish story of a huge fish that everyone has seen but never was able to catch. And no proof of what said..

    August 23, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Lizzie

    Sniffit
    "Erica Sagrans, the Ready for Warren's campaign manger, told CNN the group of devotees was undeterred.

    Probably being paid by dark money from GOPers/Teatrolls.
    --or Tom Steyer or Hassan Nemazee or maybe David Plouffes super PAC

    August 23, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Ned Racine

    Republicans are so dishonest. They spend all their time talking about how they hate the U.S. government; how they need their guns to fight the U.S. government; how they feel the states should be able to have laws that are separate of the U.S. government; how certain people in America should not be allowed to vote; and how they want their state to succeed from the U.S. government, but then they claim Democrats "hate this country." These loons will say anything.

    August 23, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Anonymous

    "The only people "Ready for Warren" are brain dead leftists that hate this country and its economic system. She isn't even qualified to be dog catcher let alone President."

    Didn't read the article, did you? She's not running so what you "think" of her qualifications isn't going to sway her decision one way or another.

    August 23, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. David Barnes

    Republicans are so dishonest. They spend all their time talking about how they hate the U.S. government; how they need their guns to fight the U.S. government; how they feel the states should be able to have laws that are separate of the U.S. government; how certain people in America should not be allowed to vote; and how they want their state to succeed from the U.S. government, but then they claim Democrats "hate this country."

    August 23, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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