Working Families Party Votes To Urge Elizabeth Warren To Run For President
— Rosario Cardoza (@cardoza_rosario) January 30, 2015
Not everyone is ready for Hillary Clinton. The Working Families Party of New York voted to encourage Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to enter the 2016 race for president. The Working Families Party joins an array of left and left leaning organizations that have called on Warren to run in 2016 such as Democracy for America and Moveon.org.
The chief obstacle to all the organizing and endorsements is Senator Warren herself who has said repeatedly that she is not running and has no plans to run. Given the firmness of Warren’s position there seems to be little point in continuing to organize around her candidacy though theories abound as to the ulterior motives of the draft Warren campaign. The principle theory is that the left is shadowboxing with Hillary Clinton hoping either for someone else to really enter the race or for Clinton to move left on economic issues.
So far no takers and few would buy into a Clinton conversion even if the spectacle was offered.
By voting to encourage a Warren candidacy, the Working Families Party became the latest liberal group to support her as a potential primary challenger to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has not formally announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination but is the presumed favorite. Several organizations on the left, led by MoveOn.org and Democracy for America, have already organized a campaign designed to lure Ms. Warren, with her brand of economic populism, into making a bid for the presidency.
“We know a champion for working families when we see one,” Bill Lipton, New York State director of the Working Families Party, said. “The only thing better than watching Elizabeth Warren take Wall Street to task from the Senate would be helping her bring our issues to the center of the national debate.”
Though, it should be said, if these progressive groups are looking for a challenger to Clinton from the left in 2016 that seems to be serious about running for president they should cast their eyes a bit north of Massachusetts. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has declared on multiple occasions that he is consider running and recently assured progressives he’s “not Hillary Clinton.”
If Senator Elizabeth Warren gives yet another explicit denial of interest or intention in running perhaps Senator Sanders should get a second (or first) look.