Democratic Party insiders are pushing to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for the Senate against the Massachusetts Republican Scott P. Brown, the New York Times reports. The 61-year-old Harvard law professor is a liberal favorite for her willingness to take on Wall Street on behalf of consumers; she came to notice chief overseer of the government’s TARP bailout program and is now helping set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She’s a natural choice for director of the CFPB, but Senate Republicans, who oppose the very idea of the consumer agency, have promised to block her nomination.
Democrats think Brown, who came out of nowhere with Tea Party backing to win Sen. Edward Kennedy’s old seat, is vulnerable, since he’s had to keep the TP-ers happy while representing a fairly liberal state.
But will Warren run? Consumer groups and some Democrats hope she can be installed at the CFPB, despite GOP opposition, and Warren herself says she’s “focused 100 percent” on standing up the agency. But she said to be intrigued by the idea of a senate run, and the Times notes that Harry Reid, who brought her to Washington in the first place, has been discussing a run with her.