SPRINGFIELD – Some have come to discuss housing, military and economic policies. Some have come for the selfies.
A “meet and greet” event outside US Senator Elizabeth Warren’s local office in downtown Springfield attracted mostly progressives and Democrats keen to rub shoulders with the lawmaker loved by the left and vilified by the right.
Love her or hate her, Warren is not a fence keeper. Her lecture program – which sparked a standing ovation when she stepped onto the podium – included her main platforms: student loan cancellation, universal child care, voter protection legislation, the need more affordable housing and his unabashed hatred of filibuster.
“It’s time to get rid of the filibuster,” she told the crowd more than once, shooting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “There is no provision that gives Mitch McConnell the right to veto anything we do …. We cannot do the business of the people we were elected to do.”
Warren touted his role in passing the $ 1.9 trillion US bailout, securing $ 67 million for vaccine readiness and billions in state and local aid.
After a failed presidential bid and a mini-scandal over claiming marginal Native American heritage, the second-term Massachusetts senator still holds wide appeal with her base, as evidenced by love at the style event. Town Hall on Friday.
“I’m a smitten little star,” revealed Michael Milanese of Wales as he rose to ask Warren a question about the potential for federal help for homeowners suffering from the “crumbling concrete” phenomenon. .
Warren, who recently published a presidential campaign brief titled “Persist,” is doing well populist.
“I go to Washington every day to fight for you, but just to say hello,” said Warren, who introduced the “For the People Act of 2021,” to fight the removal bills. voters adopted and debated across the country.
While she’s comfortable with the political weeds surrounding taxation, the economy, healthcare, and housing, Warren also knows the value of a good selfie. Dozens of people lined up after a question and answer period to take a photo with the senator at her invitation.
Lezlie Campbell of Springfield, chairman of the Massachusetts Young Democrats, lined up for his first.
“I have had the opportunity to meet many elected officials and I hear a lot of ‘uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh,’ but when you talk to Senator Warren, you know she is actually listening to this. that people say, and when you bring something to her, she tries to do something, ”Campbell said.
Paki Weiland, from Greenfield, came to the event with a contingent of “Code Pink: Women for Peace”. Its members also lined up for a selfie. Weiland believes that Warren’s enduring appeal among progressives is the product of his policies and natural exuberance.
“This is partly down to his personality. Overall she has good messages and she exudes openness, ”Weiland said, adding that Warren and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, are among the most accessible lawmakers in Washington.
Warren has no opinion on his attraction to certain political circles.
“I never thought about it, so I don’t have a good theory on it,” said the former Harvard professor, who is also invited to appear on popular late-night talk shows quite often. and “Real Time”. with Bill Maher on HBO. “I know why I am in the fight. I understand why I am in Washington.
Which, according to Warren, isn’t the best place to work these days since former President Donald Trump lost the election and sparked a violent insurgency on Jan.6.
“To this day, I don’t think our nation has fully understood how terrible this really is,” she said. “And having almost all Republicans kiss (Trump) rather than turn their backs on him is even more amazing.”
But, while Warren sees no other presidential candidacy in her future, she hasn’t quite soured on Washington. She remains focused on the laser to convince President Joe Biden to sign a bill to cancel $ 50,000 in student loans – which she says could easily be funded by an ultra-millionaire presented by Warren and two members of Congress.
The proposal would impose an additional tax on those whose fortunes exceed $ 50 million and generate $ 3 trillion in income, Warren said. Either way, while the federal student loan program was designed as a money generator for the government, Warren said it has been a loser for the federal government and debtors and that most of the debt was not collectible.
“Because people are struggling,” Warren said.