Former White House official and Treasury advisor Elizabeth Warren, famous for being tough on Wall Street and advocating for those without trust funds, is set to announce her candidacy for US Senate on Wednesday, September 14 in Boston, Massachusetts. She will seek the United States Senate seat currently held by Scott Brown (R-Mass.). And as a resident of Massachusetts, I say: Go Warren!
This country is going to hell in a hand basket, it seems. The poverty rate has reached a record 46.2 million people in a country where the rich keep on getting richer and the poor keep on getting poorer. And the irony is, those who make the least often vote for the very politicians who support CEOs and big business and Wall Street.
But Warren brings a ray of hope. In a statement, she said:
The pressures on middle class families are worse than ever, but it is the big corporations that get their way in Washington. I want to change that. I will work my heart out to earn the trust of the people of Massachusetts.
Yes, please! Sign me up! Seriously, when was the last time we had an advocate for us? The corporate lobbies line the pockets of the politicians and have their ear, but it's the middle class who truly suffers.
In 2010, Scott Brown did the unthinkable when he won the special election to replace the great and beloved "Liberal Lion" Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Brown is seeking his first full, six-year term next year and, though he has been disappointing to some, he stands a good chance of winning.
Warren is the only one who can stop him. And her back story is the kind that American dreams are made of. She grew up the daughter of a janitor and store clerk from Oklahoma. Now 62, she is a product of public schools and universities, but eventually made her way to Harvard where she became a name as an expert in bankruptcy.
People love her because, unlike most other politicians, she doesn't pander to the rich people who pull the strings. She has constantly attacked the country’s financial institutions for the predatory and anti-consumer practices that led to the financial crisis we are now faced with and the number of foreclosures and bankruptcies.
She may not win, but she is a ray of hope in a time of despair, and you know what? That's good enough for me. A campaign I can get behind. Finally.
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