Will Elizabeth Warren Run for Ted Kennedy's Former Senate Seat?

With Richard Cordray tapped by Obama to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that may leave Elizabeth Warren on to bigger things. Already the Progressive Change Campaign Committee has started a campaign to draft Warren for a Senate seat in Massachusetts. The organization wrote:

Paul Wellstone used to say he could use ten more progressives in the Senate -- "or one Elizabeth Warren."

Elizabeth Warren has a track record of holding Wall Street accountable and fighting for regular people like us. Now, she's considering winning back Ted Kennedy's Senate seat from Republican Scott Brown in 2012. Let's tell her she'd have our support!

Writing for the Nation, John Nichols gave his thumbs up to a run from Warren, even though Democrats have a strong contender against Republican Scott Brown in Congressman Mike Capuano. But Nichols writes, "If the point is policy, as opposed to politics, then getting Warren into the Senate--with the platform to lead the fight not just for consumer protection but economic fairness--ought to be a serious consideration."

And for Nichols, it doesn't end there:

Four years in the Senate could well make Elizabeth Warren a serious contender for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination--and rightly so. As a senator, she would serve in the independent progressive Wellstone-Feingold style. And that's almost certainly what Democrats--and Americans--will be looking for after the eight years of Obama or four years of Rombachperrycain.

The 2016 election is quite a ways off yet ... even a run in 2012 for Warren is no sure thing. But one can hope that after she gets done with a trip to Legoland, she'll be considering it.

AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at July 18, 2011, 10:57am

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