Elizabeth Warren. Harry Hamburg/AP
Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law School professor who as an Obama Administration member became a hero to liberals and bane of Wall Street for championing consumer protections in financial services, will run for the U.S. Senate against Republican Sen. Scott Brown.
The Boston Globe reported that a source has confirmed that Warren will make public Wednesday her decision to run:
A senior campaign adviser has confirmed to the Globe that Warren will launch her candidacy by greeting voters across the state, beginning with a morning visit to a Boston MBTA station. She will then head to New Bedford, Framingham, Worcester, and Springfield, making similar appearances shaking hands and greeting voters.
Warren will not make any formal statements or speeches, but her aides will put a video on her campaign website featuring the candidate talking about the major themes she will strike as a candidate.
"The pressures on middle class families are worse than ever, but it is the big corporations that get their way in Washington," Warren says in the video, according to a partial script given to the Globe. "I want to change that. I will work my heart out to earn the trust of the people of Massachusetts."
Brown won the seat in a special election after it became open with the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy in the summer of 2009. Kennedy had occupied the seat for decades, winning it several years after his brother President John F. Kennedy won the White House in 1960.
Warren has long been a vocal consumer advocate as a Harvard professor with a special interest in consumer debt issues.
As part of the Obama administration, she shepherded into being her brainchild, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Many of President Obama's liberal supporters wanted him to nominate her to be the bureau's first leader.
But resistance from Wall Street and congressional Republicans created the potential for a nasty confirmation battle with the likelihood that she wouldn't be confirmed in the end.
Warren isn't a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination. Several other Democrats are also running to take on Brown.
Brown's election in January 2010 was seen as a major defeat for Democrats and an omen for the electoral setbacks that would come later in the year.