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Warren Takes Her Campaign On The Road

Democrat Elizabeth Warren, right, a Harvard Law professor and consumer advocate, speaks with voters in Framingham, Wednesday. (AP)

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — New candidate Elizabeth Warren announced she was running for the U.S. Senate in a video, headed to a T station in South Boston and traveled both south and west Wednesday to introduce herself to voters. The Democrat, neophyte candidate, Harvard professor and recently departed member of the Obama administration faces the long odds Republican candidate Scott Brown faced two years ago.

One of Warren’s stops was at the J & M Diner in Framingham.

Long before she hit the diner in a strip mall in the city of strip malls, reporters, cameras and photographers had the diner jammed up.

Wearing a royal blue jacket and sensible shoes, cropped short blond hair and rimless glasses, Warren was a strand of pearls short of looking like the head of the PTA in Cohasset or Wellesley. A barn jacket this isn’t, and her status as “a real person” who can connect with blue-collar Framingham and Worcester is already under planned assault from Republicans. But plain prairie talk and Midwest manners also come with that Harvard resume.

The Democrat, neophyte candidate, Harvard professor and recently departed member of the Obama administration faces the long odds Republican candidate Scott Brown faced two years ago.

“I’m Elizabeth Warren and I’m running for the United States Senate,” she told a group of voters. “I want to earn your vote. That’s what I’m here to do.”

Warren navigated amongst diners and around orders of gazpacho, tuna melts and chicken salad. She was earnestness itself.

“I’ll do my best, that’s all I can do. I’ll do my best,” she told one voter.

“I’m counting on it,” the voter replied.

If ever there was an election season in which impressions count most, this seems to be one of them, in a season of discontent and worry.

Warren has both the look and the role of playing Princess Valiant for some who thank her.

On voter thanked Warren “…for everything you’ve done so far in your help to preserve the middle class. We need a champion in Washington who will help regular people live their lives productively and be able to provide for their children, that’s what this is all about.”

At another table Elliot Baldwin, a World War II veteran wearing an old Navy flag shirt, complained about the need for stimulus and to get small businesses going in a country where nobody makes a light bulb anymore.

As for Warren, Baldwin flashed a thumbs down sign and said, “I don’t know, she’s at Harvard… they feel they are better than anybody else — I don’t share that (feeling).”

By the time Warren got to the Parkway Diner in Worcester, the Red Sox were losing to Toronto, and many patrons complained they were losing as well.

“There are so many people in this country that are getting shafted, shafted, shafted,” one voter said.

In Worcester, Warren sounded like she was channeling the prairie populist, Fred Harris, the last liberal senator from Oklahoma, her home state, in the 1960s and ’70s.

“When a big company like GE pays nothing in taxes and we’re saying to young people ‘You’ve got to load up on debt to get a decent education,’ where are our values?” Warren asked. “Washington works for those who can hire an army of lobbyists. It just doesn’t work for folks like you and me,” she said.

Is she like you and me, this Harvard professor and member of the elite?

Jim Clark, who has voted for everyone but a Republican or Democrat since 1976, has a strong impression.

“To me they’re all phonies, to me they are all corporate people, but for her, she’s the real thing,” Clark said. “She’s for the consumer. Anybody that the banks don’t like, I like.”

He handed Warren a check for $25, from his fixed income, and told her, “The real reason we came down here is because you’re hot, you’re hot, baby,” he said with a laugh.

But it’s all relative, all in the eye of the beholder when no one seems to know the real temperature.

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  • Anonymous

    “Wearing a royal blue jacket and sensible shoes, cropped short blond hair, and rimless glasses, Warren was a strand of pearls short of looking like the head of the PTA in Cohasset or Wellesley.”

    – What a stupid sexist way to cover her campaign launch! 

  • Anonymous

    Let’s talk about what Elizabeth Warren stands for, not her style of apparel. 

    I did not see a US flag pin on her jacket…oh no!  Quick, call wardrobe and get me a pin, on a navy blue barn jacket.  Not a new jacket, one with worn elbows…and don’t forget the Red Sox cap…but not the pink one…

    Is this an election or a marketing campaign? 

    Image and brand awareness may have won the election for Scott Brown, but I hope the Massachusetts voters are smart enough to move past the barn jacket & pickup truck to see the pin stripe suits and limousines that are bankrolling his campaign. 

    Elizabeth Warren has devoted her career to protecting the middle class, the same middle class that she grew up in.  If anyone doubts her sincerity and drive, all one has to do is witness the size of the campaign that will be waged against her by the same forces that have been attacking and transferring the wealth of the middle class to what has become an oligarchy large enough to bring our nation to ruin.

  • Heatherhahn

    A very disappointing piece discussing a very note-worthy candidate for Senate.  My question is, where is her official campaign office and web page? I have a fundraising background and want (need) a job with her campaign!! :)

  • Jim978

    “Baldwin flashed a thumbs down sign and said, “I don’t know, she’s (Warren’s) at Harvard… they feel they are better than anybody else .”

    I don’t get it.  Find yourself a Harvard doctor to perform a life saving operation?  Terrific.  How about a Harvard lawyer to represent you in court?  Great.  Bring in a Harvard CPA to defend you before the IRS?  Fantastic.  But suggest a Harvard person to take on the daunting and critically important task of governing, and some voters reject that person out of hand.  How does this make any sense at all?

    • Rosebud1217

      Perhaps they’re afraid of Harvard MBAs.  Let’s face it, many of us have plenty of experience with those “B-School” grads who can screw up anything – and still get promoted! – particularly if they never bothered (or needed to) hold a job before attending graduate school.    I look at people and their passions and accomplishments and visions – I rarely consider their school, since I am very familiar with the vagaries involved.
           I, for one, can’t wait to learn even more about Elizabeth Warren.  I hope she will be good for Massachusetts and for the country.  I don’t assume anything!

  • Kevinw71

    My God, man! What year is it? Can a journalist get through a story about a woman without describing what she is wearing? Why does this still happen? I want to hear about Warren’s policy ideas not about the color of her jacket!
    Come on!

  • Anonymous

    Scott Brown wears “sensible shoes,” too. Funny how no one ever mentions it in coverage of him. 

  • Citizengreen

    “Wearing a royal blue jacket and sensible shoes, cropped short blond hair
    and rimless glasses, Warren was a strand of pearls short of looking
    like the head of the PTA in Cohasset or Wellesley.”
    Lame coverage.  Just lame.

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