PRIORITIES: Sen. Warren Promotes Her Book As Dems In Special Elections Flounder

- April 26, 2017

Warren Has Spent Her Recent Time Traveling Around The Country Promoting Her Book Instead Of Helping Other Democrats Get Elected


  • Senator Elizabeth Warren, a multi-millionaire who received $625,000 for her latest book, is traveling the nation promoting her book while doing almost nothing to help elect Democrats in special elections.
  • Despite Daily Kos calling the GA-06 election an "all hands on deck race" for Democrats, Warren did nothing to help Jon Ossoff's campaign, and when she was asked about Ossoff's race in an interview Warren responded by talking about her book.
  • As Democrats come up short in election after election, Warren's refusal to help fellow Democrats while cashing in on her latest book gives the appearance that she is more interested in self-promotion than helping her Party.


Senator Warren Is Raising Her National Profile As If She Were A Presidential Candidate in 2020

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Received A Book Advance For $625,000 From Henry Holt & Co., A Publishing Company Based In New York City. (Sen. Elizabeth Warren, United States Senate Public Financial Disclosure Report , 5/13/16)

  • Warren Is Worth Between $3.7 Million And $10 Million And CNN Money Identified Her As Among The Top 1% Of Wealthiest Americans. "Warren, the Harvard bankruptcy law professor elected to the Senate in 2012, is worth between $3.7 million and $10 million. That's not including the three-story Victorian home in Cambridge, Mass., that she owns with her husband and fellow Harvard law professor, Bruce Mann. It's now assessed at $1.9 million, according to city property records. While she's not in the uppermost wealth echelon of Congress, she's not doing too badly either. Roll Call recently ranked her the 76th wealthiest out of 541 senators and representatives, based on her minimum net worth in 2013. Her average net worth of $8.75 million, including her home, secures her a spot the Top 1% bracket in terms of wealth." (Tami Luhby, "Elizabeth Warren Is Worth Millions," CNN Money , 1/8/17)

During The Recent Congressional Recess, Senator Warren Launched Her Book Tour, Not From Her Home State, But From New York City. "She wasn't in her home state, but U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren couldn't have asked for a friendlier audience to launch her book tour. The Massachusetts Democrat entered and left to warm ovations Tuesday night at the Barnes & Noble in Manhattan's Union Square, where she spoke about 'This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class.' More than 200 people gathered as Warren, one of the country's leading progressives, read a few pages and responded to written questions, most of them focused on issues such as health care, the environment and the role of unions." (Hillel Italie, "U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren Launches Book Tour," The Associated Press , 4/18/17)

After Stops In Boston And Mt. Holyoke College In Western Massachusetts, Senator Warren Has Additional Events Promoting Her Book Planned For Chicago, Washington D.C. And Los Angeles. "From there, Warren will head to Boston's famous old South Church and Mt. Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts, before making stops at Chicago's Music Box Theater, Washington D.C.'s Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and the 1,400 seat Alex Theater in Los Angeles." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Elizabeth Warren National Book Tour Ahead Of 2020 Elections," NBC News , 4/18/17)

Despite Publicly Claiming She Is Focused On Her Senate Reelection Bid, Senator Warren "Has The Public Schedule Of A Future Presidential Candidate." "Her office says she's focused on her Senate reelection bid. But she has the public schedule of a future presidential candidate. Warren will speak Sunday to the NAACP in Detroit, and next month she will deliver the keynote address to an annual gala held by EMILY's List, which aims to elect female candidates who support abortion rights. Both groups represent important Democratic constituencies, and the NAACP speech will bring Warren to Michigan, a key swing state President Trump wrested from Democrats last year." (Alexander Bolton, "Warren Builds Her Brand With 2020 Down The Road," The Hill , 4/23/17)


During The 2016 Presidential Campaign, Senator Warren Was Considered One Of Secretary Clinton's Best Surrogates

Senator Warren Was A Major Draw On The Campaign Trail For Appealing To Liberal Progressive And Young Voters. "But the two Democrats have since formed a warm alliance. Ms. Warren was vetted as a possible running mate and has proved a potent surrogate, bringing her populist appeal and quirky straight talk to a campaign that has struggled to connect with young voters and liberals." (Amy Chozick and Matt Flegenheimer, "Liberals Hope Elizabeth Warren Will Serve As Clinton's Scrutinizer In Chief," The New York Times , 10/24/16)

Despite Daily Kos Saying The Georgia Special Election Was An "All Hands On Deck Race," Sen. Warren Has Not Spent Any Time On The Campaign Trail With Democrats Running In Special Elections This Spring

A Review Of Rob Quist's Website Lists Several Events, But None With Senator Warren. ("Our Events," Rob Quist For Congress, Accessed 4/25/17)

  • In Montana, A Major Rally With Senator Bernie Sanders And Democratic Candidate Rob Quist Is Planned. "Democrats are also planning a big rally with Quist and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent who ran as a Democrat and won Montana's primary, beating eventual nominee Hillary Clinton by 5 percentage points. (Holly Michels, "As National Groups Get Into Montana Congressional Race, The Fight Is For Momentum," Montana Standard , 4/23/17)

A Review Of Jon Ossoff's Website Lists Several Events, But None With Senator Warren . ("News," Jon Ossoff For Congress, Accessed 4/25/17)

  • A Former Cabinet Member Under President Obama Campaigned For Ossoff As A Surrogate. "Julian Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration, is campaigning for the Democratic frontrunner in a special election in Georgia. Castro is backing Jon Ossoff, the leading Democratic candidate to fill the seat of former Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who became the Trump administration's secretary of Health and Human Services. (Nikita Vladimirov, "Former Obama Official Campaigns For Dem In Georgia Special Election, The Hill , 4/15/17)

When Asked By NBC's Matt Lauer About Jon Ossoff's Campaign, Warren Did Not Even Mention Ossoff In Her Response And Instead Talked About Her Book. NBC'S MATT LAUER: "Why don't we start with this Congressional Race down in Georgia in the 6th district? That seat has long been held by Republicans. If Jon Ossoff can manage to win there Senator, is it more than just a one-off, do you see it as Democrats having a path back from a very battered state?" WARREN: "I think that the real energy right now is on the Democratic side and the Independent side. Its people who say I want to make my voice heard. I wrote this book about the long arc, about how America once invested in the middle class, built the middle class, strengthened the middle class and then how trickle-down economics came along and really took the legs out. But where the book ends, it ends on the note of how we get engaged." (NBC's " Today," 4/18/17)

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Senator Warren Is Not Listed As An Attendee At A D.C. Fundraiser For Ossoff Hosted By Nancy Pelosi. "Ossoff has raised millions of dollars online from angry activists, and he spent Thursday night at a fundraiser hosted for him by party bigwigs like Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn and John Lewis at Democratic National Committee headquarters." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Democrats Gripped By Special Election Performance Anxiety," Politico , 3/22/17)

David Nir, Daily Kos Political Director Stated This Was Race Was "Definitely Winnable." DAVID NIR: "That's exactly right. It's definitely winnable precisely because that this sort of suburban, well-educated district really did rebel against Trump." (MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," 2/16/17)

  • Nir: "This Is An All Hands On Deck Race… Everyone Is Really Pulling Together… We're Going To Be Incredibly Unified Going Forward To Election Day." "I feel we're all playing in the same direction. This is an all hands on deck race. You know, we have a huge community online at Daily Kos and we get reports on the ground from people in the district. And they are telling us the grassroots, the Democratic Party, that everyone is really pulling together on this one. So, I feel we're going to be incredibly unified going forward to Election Day. (MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," 2/16/17)


Senator Warren Has Dramatically Changed Her Approach With The Press As She Begins Her 2018 Reelection Campaign

Politico Reported In March That Senator Warren Had Become Much More Friendly With Reporters Recently Even Though She Is Known For Being "Notoriously Press-Averse." "Elizabeth Warren's creative media-dodging habits are a running joke among her home-state press corps. Whenever the senator makes a public appearance, Massachusetts reporters know to keep one eye fixed on the exit doors. But that might be changing. In just the last week alone, the notoriously press-averse progressive icon held three open-to-media events back home, followed by lengthy huddles with reporters on a wide range of issues ranging from her Senate votes to Donald Trump's wiretapping accusations to the 2020 race." (Lauren Dezenski, "Elizabeth Warren Finally Busts Out Of Her Media Bubble," Politico , 3/18/17)

  • One Democratic Strategist Admitted He Had Always Wondered "Why She Wasn't More Accommodating To The Press." "In Boston and Washington, where Warren is known for being as stingy with the media on Capitol Hill as back home, the sudden thaw has political operatives questioning what's behind the change of heart. 'I always wondered why she wasn't more accommodating to the press. You can be combative, it can be confrontational, but it's always a long-term much better strategy to engage with the press,' said Democratic strategist Scott Ferson." (Lauren Dezenski, "Elizabeth Warren Finally Busts Out Of Her Media Bubble," Politico , 3/18/17)

During Interviews Promoting Her Book, Sen. Warren Has Not Directly Answered If She Is Considering Running For President In 2020

When Pushed On The "Today" Show If The Recent Release Of Her Book Was About Launching A Presidential Campaign, Senator Warren Avoided The Question. "In an appearance on NBC's 'Today' show to promote her book 'This Fight Is Our Fight,' Warren dodged questions from hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer about whether she is weighing a presidential run as pockets of support around the country for her possible candidacy continue to emerge. 'Senator, a lot of people are saying what this book is about is launching the presidential campaign of Elizabeth Warren,' Guthrie asked. 'Now it's tradition to be coy about that in Washington. But where is your mind about that? Are you 50/50? 80/20? Where do you stand? Are you likely to run?' 'No, This is not what I'm doing,' Warren said." (Kelsey Sutton, "Warren Dodges On Whether She'll Run For President In 2020," Politico , 4/18/17)

Senator Warren Told Rachel Maddow That She Was Not Running For President, But She Appears To Be Building Towards A Potential Run Nonetheless. "In an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Wednesday, Warren said she was not running for president in 2020. But political experts say Warren nonetheless appears to be building toward a potential run if she changes her mind. 'She senses the time is right. There's a fired-up base and the base is very kindly disposed for her,' said Ross K. Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University, who recently served as a Senate fellow." (Alexander Bolton, "Warren Builds Her Brand With 2020 Down The Road," The Hill , 4/23/17)

When Asked By USA Today If She Would Commit To Massachusetts Voters That She Would Serve A Full Six Year Term If She Is Reelected In 2018, She Declined To Do So, Saying, "That's Certainly My Plan." "Will she promise Bay State voters that she'll serve all six years of a second term? 'So that's certainly my plan,' she replies. Not exactly a Shermanesque denial, the interviewer notes. Warren, famed for frustrating reporters with her discipline for staying on message, declines to go any further the second time around. 'It is my plan.'" (Susan Page, "Elizabeth Warren: 'Fearless' Foe Against A Charging Donald Trump," USA Today , 4/17/17)

Sen. Warren Recently Hired A Former Senior Adviser To Former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid And Reid Has Urged Warren To Run For President In 2020

In March, Senator Warren Hired Kristen Orthman, A Former Senior Adviser To Senator Harry Reid To Join Her Political Operation. "Warren, 67, hired Kristen Orthman last month to join her political operation. Orthman served as a senior adviser to former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), who has urged Warren to run for president." (Alexander Bolton, "Warren Builds Her Brand With 2020 Down The Road," The Hill , 4/23/17)

Senator Warren Acknowledged That Senator Reid Had Encouraged Her To Run For President In 2020 . "Reid told Warren she needed to think seriously about running for president in 2020. 'He was worried in November,' Warren told me recently. 'For me, it was so important to make clear: We will fight back - we will fight back. We're not here to make this normal.'" (Charles Homans, "The New Party Of No," The New York Times , 3/13/17)


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