Warren, through lawyer, disavows Ready for Warren
August 22nd, 2014
05:18 PM ET
3 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.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. it must be said

    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. She's a known liar and fabricator. After 8 years of the Obama disaster, this country will not elect somebody even more unqualified to be president than Obama was. Warren is the George McGovern of the Democrat Party. She makes Fidel Castro look like a conservative.

    August 22, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    it must be said
    Blah, blah, woof, woof. Please come up with some fresh material.

    August 22, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. 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.

    August 22, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "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. She's a known liar and fabricator. After 8 years of the Obama disaster, this country will not elect somebody even more unqualified to be president than Obama was. Warren is the George McGovern of the Democrat Party. She makes Fidel Castro look like a conservative.

    You never ever say anything different, do you? It's like watching someone with a lexicon of maybe 500 words play MadLibs.

    August 22, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. don in albuquerque

    it must be said
    And if that wasn't subtle enough for you......I would definitely stay away from any subjects concerning "brain dead".

    August 22, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Smitty

    Well give credit due where deserved, she knows she isn't capable of the office. If only Odumbo would of used his education, he would know too that he is in WAY OVER HIS HEAD !!!

    August 22, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. it must be said

    don in albuquerque
    it must be said
    Blah, blah, woof, woof. Please come up with some fresh material.
    -–

    I will when you clowns start rolling out new idiots instead of the same old losers.

    August 22, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Ian's Rushtache

    Smitty says:
    August 22, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm
    Well give credit due where deserved, she knows she isn’t capable of the office. If only Odumbo would of used his education, he would know too that he is in WAY OVER HIS HEAD !!!

    __________________

    I love it when conservatives tell others to use their education while using the word "of" following could/should/would.

    August 22, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @it must be said
    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. She's a known liar and fabricator. After 8 years of the Obama disaster, this country will not elect somebody even more unqualified to be president than Obama was. Warren is the George McGovern of the Democrat Party. She makes Fidel Castro look like a conservative.
    -----------
    If conservatives are already frothing with unsubstantiated drivel like this, she's probably got my vote. Hey, I am looking for the donation button right now. Even if it just to see these conservative hot buttons being pushed. They will need all new conspiracy theories. Or maybe just demand her birth certificate – that is good for a rerun!

    August 22, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Warren would do anything. Literally ANYTHING.

    August 22, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. O'drama Ya Mama

    it must be said

    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. She's a known liar and fabricator. After 8 years of the Obama disaster, this country will not elect somebody even more unqualified to be president than Obama was. Warren is the George McGovern of the Democrat Party. She makes Fidel Castro look like a conservative.
    August 22, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________

    And yet she was more than qualified enough to beat Scott Brown. But I'm sure you're going support the even less than qualified Scott Brown in his up and coming race in New Hampshire.

    August 22, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    -it is not 8 years of Obama disaster, it is BUSH 8 years plus Reagan Eight years, bush one of course was busy with Kuwait war. Just know. None of these idiots passed Healthcare despite the fact insurance thugs looted innocent citizens. Yes, Reagan shook hands with Iran sold out arms to it. Listen again, Obama is elected TWICE. MITTENS LOST LIKE HELL AND CRAZY. True. Entire this nation is not fools. May be you.

    August 22, 2014 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Republicans celebrate government shutdowns, credit down grades, unnecessary wars, votes against women's rights, the great republican recession, record job loss, votes against health care, auto and housing industry meltdown, bank crisis, obstruct government, are pro torture, and view the worst president in history as the second coming of Reagan. Obama has corrected almost all of republican errors, and he is over his head? Damn brain dead Fox nut.

    August 22, 2014 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. Gunderson

    Wow,
    Warren for President? Old Boys Club rolling in the aisles. Geronimo!

    August 22, 2014 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Tom l

    Well she is 1/32 Cherokee Indian and she does have the proper plumbing to get dems all excited. If she wins, we'll have a $24 minimum wage! Such an economic genius.

    August 22, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Tom l

    Did Sniffit really complain about someone else saying the same thing over and over and over and over?

    Hello pot, the kettle is calling you black.

    Oh dear, now he's probably gonna say I'm a racist and :
    A. I can't stand seeing a black man as pres
    B. I'm worried about the browning of America
    C. There's a demographic Armageddon.

    August 22, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. Chuck

    Warren is a leftist loon. The fact that she is being taken seriously by so many is another indication of this nation's decline.

    August 22, 2014 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. Tom l

    Sniffit says:
    August 22, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm
    Oh brother…and now there’s a line of talking points out there being pushed by the Teatrolls in Iowa that 12-year-old child immigrants crossing the southern border are actually being highly trained in combat by terrorist organizations so they can infiltrate the US.
    --

    What percentage are 12 year olds?

    August 22, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    @smelly salty stinky smelly dog but says: "I wouldn’t vote for this Communist if she was the last person alive. If you think Obama is a divisive destroyer, well this leftist loser is 10 times worse."

    So not letting corporations engage in unethical, illegal practices is "communist"? Money über alles! If it's so grand go live in a third-world country where the top 1% own and control everything and the average person it toast.

    And don't bother to come back.

    August 22, 2014 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. luke, AZ

    Elizabeth Warren is by far a better candidate than Hillary Clinton. Plain and simple.

    August 22, 2014 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. Eugene9

    Elizabeth Warren is wise to do this whether or not she ever runs for President. Right now it's her economic policies and support for fellow Democrats that matter far more. If the Clinton candidacy were to fall flat, and no one else emerged to carry the banner of economic common sense (called "populism"), and someone who could win, there would be far more pressure on the Senator to throw her hat in than there is now. It's amusing to hear her views called "communist." Warren was a registered Republican until the early 1990's, but then when did anyone yelling "communist" ever bother to research facts?

    August 22, 2014 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @smelly salty stinky smelly dog but
    I wouldn't vote for this Communist if she was the last person alive. If you think Obama is a divisive destroyer, well this leftist loser is 10 times worse.

    Thank you for this well constructed, fact based addition to our daily dialog.

    August 23, 2014 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  23. Rusty Krus

    @it must be said
    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. She's a known liar and fabricator. After 8 years of the Obama disaster, this country will not elect somebody even more unqualified to be president than Obama was. Warren is the George McGovern of the Democrat Party. She makes Fidel Castro look like a conservative.

    Thank God you can vent your nonsensical piffle on here. Please continue to vent. It's therapeutic!

    August 23, 2014 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  24. J.V.hodgson

    Why are Americans so Obdurate?? Warren says I don't want a Pac for my possible presidency that you the PAC desire.
    Stop obfuscating and re-arrange your Pac objectives. Actually you should return cash to donor who thought she might run. Your raison d' etre just went up in smoke along with media speculation.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    August 23, 2014 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  25. Marie MD

    Warren might not be ready for Warren, but the world and the US should be.
    She's for the little guy and that has been proven time and again and she's extremely intelligent.

    August 23, 2014 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
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