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Report: Warren’s Senate Colleagues Are Not Backing Her

She was the first major Democratic candidate to throw her hat in the 2020 ring, but none of her colleagues in the Senate are jumping aboard.

By NTK Staff | 01.07.2019 @10:30am
Report: Warren’s Senate Colleagues Are Not Backing Her

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made the calculated decision to be the first major Democrat to announce her intentions to run for president in 2020. But in the week since her earlier-than-expected announcement, she has not earned the support from a single Senate Democrat.

Politico’s Burgess Everett reported that even her home-state colleague, Sen. Ed Markey, “isn’t ready to endorse” Warren.

“When she is moving forward, we’re going to be talking,” Markey said as he prepared for Warren’s swearing in to another term in the Senate. “I’ve just got to get today done.”

The liberal darling in 2016, Warren has fallen out of favor among some in her party in recent years. An end-of-year poll conducted by the liberal group Democracy for America in 2018 found that Warren had the backing of only 8 percent of its 94,000 members that cast votes. She earned just 6 percent among MoveOn.org’s members in another December poll.

Part of the reason that Warren has little appeal among her colleagues is her “hard-edged brand” of politics that has “annoyed some of her colleagues at times,” according to Politico.

But Warren’s feud with some of her colleagues over a bank deregulation measure last year was personal and could limit her appeal in the Senate.

She fundraised off centrist senators’ support for that bill and publicly lamented what happens “when some of our teammates don’t even show up for the fight.” Seventeen members of the caucus voted for the measure, though some lost reelection. Privately, senators and aides have said that Warren’s moves during that fight won’t be forgotten during the presidential race.

Burgess spoke to Sens. Markey (D-MA), Casey (D-PA), Van Hollen (D-MD), Tester (D-MT), Carper (D-DE), Jones (D-AL), Duckworth (D-IL), Hirono (D-HI), and Baldwin (D-WI). All declined to publicly back Warren.

While it is early in the process and Warren has only launched an exploratory committee, the cool reception she’s received, both among her colleagues in the Senate and so far among the liberal grassroots, should be cause for concern for her fledgling campaign.

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