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Conservative group launches anti-Elizabeth Warren initiative

2017.04.17 07:42

Looking to tarnish Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s political image, a conservative group announced Monday that it is launching an effort to tear the Massachusetts senator down ahead of her re-election race next year and possible 2020 presidential bid.

America Rising PAC rolled out “The Elizabeth Warren Initiative” with the stated goals of making “Warren’s life difficult during her 2018 Senate re-election contest” and “to damage her 2020 prospects.”

The initiative is scheduled to coincide with the release Mrs. Warren’s latest book, “The Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class,” which is stoking speculation about her future political plans.

“With an eye-popping $9.2 million dollar war chest, including a $5.3 million haul during the first quarter of 2017, Warren will have a bottomless pit of cash to intimidate other would-be presidential hopefuls,” Colin Reed, executive director of America Rising PAC, said in an email blast. “She will use her unlimited funds to try and repair her political image, and this book tour is the first start.”

Mrs. Warren has long been a star of her party’s left wing and was urged to run for president last year. Instead she endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, disappointing progressives that backed Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders’ insurgent campaign.

The 67-year-old regained some of her steam earlier this year after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, cut her off on the Senate floor during a debate over the nomination of fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

Mrs. Warren quoted late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s previous attacks against Mr. Sessions and then read from a 1986 statement by Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., which also amounted to an attack on Mr. Sessions.

Fellow lawmakers and liberals rallied to her side and she also emerged from the fight with a possible campaign slogan — “Nevertheless, she persisted” — after Mr. McConnell demanded that Mrs. Warren be punished for speaking ill of a fellow senator.

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