Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren may soon have a new title.
The former Harvard professor known for going toe-to-toe with Wall Street is making the case to be named treasury secretary if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins, Politico reports, citing several Democratic officials.
“She wants it,” two of the Democratic officials told Politico.
Warren, who ended her presidential campaign after Super Tuesday, has been stumping for Biden both virtually and in person recently in New Hampshire. She was on the shortlist for vice presidential nominee before Biden picked Sen. Kamala Harris of California.
The Massachusetts progressive has seen public support for being named to the Cabinet position.
“It has to be combined with the connection to moving the needle and delivering what the base wants. We can have both,” Rashad Robinson, president of the racial justice group Color of Change told NBC News. “I think that Elizabeth Warren would be an inspired choice for Treasury secretary. She used her time on the national campaign to talk about racial justice in a very clear way.”
Vasudha Desikan, political director of the Action Center on Race and the Economy, called Warren a “natural choice” for the position.
“We want to make sure the Biden administration, if he gets into office, realizes that it’s there because of the intense energy and resources of the grassroots,” Desikan told NBC. “We want to make sure he is not betraying us.”
Warren, who was reelected to her Senate seat in 2018, is in the midst of a six-year Senate term which runs until January 3, 2025.
If she were to accept a Cabinet position, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker - a Republican - could temporarily fill her vacant Senate seat and the state would hold a special election for the remainder of her current term.
And some are already considering who should run in this theoretical Senate seat battle.
A poll released this week by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WCVB shows Rep. Ayanna Pressley as a top pick.
The poll, conducted between Oct. 14 and Oct. 21, asked 713 registered Massachusetts voters for their top picks to replace Warren among Pressley, Kennedy, Attorney General Maura Healey, former Gov. Deval Patrick and Reps. Richard Neal, Stephen Lynch, Jim McGovern and Seth Moulton.
Pressley topped all others with 23% support among all respondents, 29% among only Democrats and 17% among only independents. Kennedy, who lost a Senate primary to Sen. Ed Markey in September, garnered 19% support overall, 25% from Democrats and 14% from independents. Healey and Patrick were tied for third at 12% overall, with Patrick holding a one-point lead over Healey among Democrats and Healey earning a one-point edge with independents. McGovern, Neal, Lynch and Moulton all earned less than 5% support in the poll.
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