President Obama’s adviser Elizabeth Warren is inching closer to possibly facing off against freshman Republican Senator Scott Brown in the 2012 Massachusetts U.S. Senate race, according to recent reports. This past Thursday, the Harvard Law professor and liberal favorite Warren formed an exploratory committee and launched a website to test the waters of possibly running.
“Elizabeth has spent the last week listening to people from across the commonwealth as she considers a campaign for the U.S. Senate,” Kyle Sullivan, a Warren spokesperson, said. “She wants to continue this conversation, and the exploratory committee will allow her to do so.”
In addition, she is meeting with Democratic officials across the state and will decide if she wants to run in the primary shortly after Labor Day. If she decides to run, many see her as the favorite amongst the Democratic field to take back the seat that was held by Ted Kennedy before it was vacated after his death.
In 2010, Scott Brown won a special election, defeating Democrat Martha Coakley, the Attorney General of Massachusetts, by over 4 percentage points.
According to a poll administered by the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Scott Brown, early polling suggests that Brown leads Warren by 25 points amongst likely 2012 voters, 53-28 percent. However, many Democratic supporters of Warren note that the poll is ridiculous considering that it was done by a Republican-backed group and Warren hasn’t officially confirmed she is running yet, let alone won the primary.
Just last week, Warren posted a blog entry on Bluemassgroup.com, asking for ideas from her supporters on how they would fix a “badly broken political system”.
At the time, she wrote, “In the weeks ahead, I want to hear from you about the challenges we face and how we get our economy growing again. 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 In Washington, I saw up close and personal how much influence special interests have over our law-making, and I saw just how hard it is for families to be heard. I want to hear your thoughts about how we can make sure that our voices –our families, our friends, and our neighbors — are heard again.”
Dough Rubin, who helped run the campaigns for Governor Deval Patrick, and Kyle Sullivan, who was a spokesperson for Patrick at one point, are all looking to help Warren run a possible campaign.