Former top Obama adviser takes first step toward Senate bid
August 18th, 2011
01:25 PM ET
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Former top Obama adviser takes first step toward Senate bid

(CNN) - Elizabeth Warren took her first formal step Thursday toward launching a candidacy against Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

The Harvard University law school professor and former Obama administration official filed the paperwork needed to create an exploratory committee and launched a website,, to draw contributions and volunteers and build support.

"Elizabeth has spent the last week listening to people from across the Commonwealth as she considers a campaign for the US Senate. She wants to continue this conversation and the exploratory committee will allow her to do so," Warren spokesman Kyle Sullivan told CNN.

According to a source close to Warren, the move will allow potential supporters to engage and will allow for Warren to raise money. The source also added that Warren could make a final decision on whether to launch a bid sometime after Labor Day.

Last September, Warren was named a special adviser by President Obama to oversee the development of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This year she was in contention but was not nominated as the director of the new bureau.

Seven declared candidates are already in the race for next year's Democratic Senate nomination in Massachusetts, but none have strong name recognition and some national Democrats are concerned that none of the existing candidates would be able to effectively challenge Brown, who made national headlines by beating Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a special election early last year to replace the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who held the seat for nearly five decades.

Earlier this week the Washington DC-based Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced it's raised over $77,000 in the hope that Warren would jump into the race. The liberal organization announced Monday they would immediately be able to make the funds raised available to Warren should she decide to pursue the Democratic senate nomination.

Fundraising would be crucial to a Warren campaign. Brown's re-election campaign has approximately $10 million cash in hand to put toward his efforts and polls indicate he is popular in the state.

- CNN's Laura Koran contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    The middle class supports you 110% Ms. Warren. It's time to send Scott Brown packing.

    August 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Great... A know-it-all elitest with no real world experience that wants to tell us all how to live our lives. Maybe we can get somebody to the right of her to run, maybe Raul Castro?

    August 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Bill from GA

    I know she's smart, but can she get us $2 a gallon gas?? Or is that only a Presidential Power??

    August 18, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Time to end GOPerate Greed

    Warren is great and we desperately need her experience, intelligence, and rational thought in the Senate – hell we need anyone with those qualities in Congress with all the drama-queens (male & female) of the right denying any and all facts or history that doesn't fit their pea-brained backward ideology.
    It would be an excellent turn of events if after all the typical sleaze ball tactics the tea-baggers/GOPs spewed out about her and then they were confronted by her in the Senate – that would be beautiful!
    Compare Warren to Palin, O’Donnell, Bauckman, etc., and you can see a clear distinction of GOP verses Democratic. Clearly the Neanderthals of the GOP fear her independence and intelligence. And we all know how much the GOPs crave fear – let’s all try to give them what they want – to be afraid.

    August 18, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Who ever runs against Scott Brown needs to show up and campaign. The previous candidate didn't do that enough and lost to Brown!

    August 18, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Little Jimmy Truth

    I have a question for you. Will you let President Obama's lovely aunt stays your home state?

    August 18, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |

    Warren for Senate in 2012!!!!

    August 18, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    I don`t live in Mass but I`m sending this lady $100. She is smarrt, speaks truth to power, and is a committed servant of the public. She`ll make an EXCELLENT addition to the Senate.

    She GOPTP`ers, this is the caliber of woman you run for office. Not a Palin, not a Bachmann, and oh God, not an Odonnell!

    Thinking, intelligent women everywhere can be proud of Elizabeth Warren as a candidate – regardless of their political affiliation.

    Had the GOP just confirmed her for the post overseeing consumer financial protection, maybe Scott Brown wouldn`t have to face such a formidable opponent.

    August 18, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. gt

    she is a sure job killer....

    August 18, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Proud Member of Global Zero

    I made my first donation to her earlier today.

    August 18, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Pete

    Another completely useless Harvard law professor? A female carbon copy of an idiot share the wealth community organizer? I think we have enough of Obama's socialists running congress and America into the ground. Don't need any more help drive the Obama black economic bus into the ditch.

    August 18, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Elizabeth Warren would be a fabulous addition to the Senate. She is brilliant, moderate, and has proven managerial experience. She is clearly much more qualified than 99% of the current members of Congress. All of which makes me wonder why she would even remotely consider getting herself mixed up with them and the mess in Washington.

    August 18, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. WiredweirdinSF

    Don't think we need another left leaning, job destroying, corrupt, union toady thief in the Senate, but I am sure the libertards will welcome her with open arms. She is one of their own.

    August 18, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. annie s

    I don't live in Massachusetts, and from what I can tell, Scott Brown has been a mostly moderate Republican...but Elizabeth Warren is an exceptional human being and has the ideals, honesty and fortitude sorely lacking in Congress these days. I'd be proud to contribute to her campaign.

    August 18, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. f

    Never a committment, always just a steppingstone. No one in politics is ever happy DOING THIER JOB. They always are looking two steps ahead to their next, next job. This lady is just way over the top with her ambitions. Do NOT LET HER WIN.

    August 18, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. diridi

    we love you, lisa...

    August 18, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Let us know where to send our money. Can't wait for you to oust that Republican.

    August 18, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |