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Warren Appears to Move Toward Senate Bid

Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren sounds a lot like a woman moving toward a Senate run.

In a post on the website Blue Mass Group titled “Coming Home,” the longtime consumer advocate, who helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, indicated she would not go quietly back to teaching at Harvard Law School after leaving her position as assistant to the president earlier this month.

“I left Washington, but I don’t plan to stop fighting for middle class families,” Warren wrote. “I spent years working against special interests and have the battle scars to show it — and I have no intention of stopping now. It is time for me to think hard about what role I can play next to help rebuild a middle class that has been hacked at, chipped at, and pulled at for more than a generation — and that … is under greater strain every day.”

Telegraphing what might well be her stump speech, Warren wrote about her childhood and upbringing — explaining the financial struggles her family faced. “When my father had a heart attack, the store where he worked changed his job and cut his pay. We lost our car, and my mother went to work answering phones at Sears so we could make the mortgage payments,” she wrote.

Warren, who was passed over by President Barack Obama to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, emphasized a message of empathy with a struggling middle class. “For a generation now, incomes have been flat, while basic expenses like housing, health care, and child care have risen sharply,” she wrote. “Today, it’s harder than ever for middle class families in Massachusetts and across the country to get by. Each day, more families find themselves deeply worried about money.”

Working at the CFPB, Warren’s recent schedule hinted at a potential Senate run, as Roll Call reported last month. But now it appears to be a much stronger possibility.

Harvard Law School’s schedule shows her teaching only one four-hour-a-week course during the fall semester, as first reported by the Boston Globe.

She ended her post with: “I am glad to be back home. And I’m looking forward to discussing with you what we can accomplish together.” 

A Massachusetts Democrat who is assisting her in the process said a decision on a Senate run can be expected after Labor Day.

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