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Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is missing in action from Central Mass, and that decision is hurting her campaign.

Warren, who has yet to establish a campaign office in Worcester County, is losing the battle for money and votes to incumbent Senator Scott Brown.

Brown, who established his MassVictory office in Worcester two months ago, has garnered four times the financial support from Central Mass. voters than Warren.

Colin Reed, a spokesman for the Brown campaign credited Brown's bipartisan efforts for much of his local support.  

"People in Central Massachusetts and around the state know Scott Brown," Reed wrote in an email to GoLocalWorcester. "They appreciate the fact that Scott works in a bipartisan fashion to get things done. He's honest, trustworthy and independent."

Warren Has Little Central Mass Support

As GoLocalWorcester previously reported, Warren has raised more than $15 million since she started collecting campaign donations in August, but only $50,000 has come from Central Mass.

The lack of a permanent presence on the part of Warren may be why she has received so few campaign donations from Central Mass. residents.

Alethea Harney, press secretary for the Warren campaign said Worcester does matter to Warren and that her campaign is building momentum in the region.  

"Elizabeth has made it a top priority to focus on Worcester and it's clear that her grassroots operation is building momentum across central Massachusetts. As of last quarter, there were 3,912 people who signed onto the campaign as volunteers and 2,168 donors who donated more than $225,000," Harney said 

Harney also said that in addition to the Somerville headquarters, Warren has an office in Springfield that she is sharing with Congressman Richard E. Neal and a second office in the South End in Boston.

“She’s in the process of setting up other offices,” Harney said.  We plan on announcing the site of a Worcester office as well as others around the state very soon."

Former Worcester County Sherriff Guy Glodis said he was not concerned about Warren's lack of a local office.  "I wouldn't read too much into it yet," Glodis said.  "That's usually a fall type of thing.  She's probably saving money for media ads.  You don't want to be paying rent in the spring when you could be buying ads in the fall.

"She certainly has been in Central Mass. a lot," Glodis said.

Local Dems Support Brown

Konnie Lukes endorses Scott Brown for US Senate

Former Worcester Mayor and current city councilor Konnie Lukes, a Democrat herself, endorsed Brown last month, saying that he was able to work with both parties, and added that Warren had not asked Lukes for her vote.

Other local pols have also lent their support to Brown include former Democratic state Senator Robert A. Antonioni, independent Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella.  Former Democratic state reps. Arthur Broadhurst and Geoff Hall have also endorsed Brown. 

Central Mass. Essential for Election

Paul Giorgio, a member of the Democratic State Committee, said Warren needs to do better in Worcester County.

“I think she has to do more in Central Mass,” Giorgio said. “This is where the battle will be fought and won.”

Chris Pinto, treasurer of the Worcester City Republican committee said he was not surprised by Warren’s lack of presence in Worcester.

“Elizabeth Warren appears to be copying the Martha Coakley playbook when it comes to central Mass and as a Republican who supports Senator Scott Brown's re-election, nothing could make me happier then her being out of touch with central Mass,” he wrote in an email to GoLocalWorcester.


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