Newton Mayor Announces U.S. Senate Run

By Jess Bidgood

May 9, 2012

BOSTON — Newton's Mayor Setti Warren will run for U.S. Senate in 2012.

The Democrat posted a video message online and sent a tweet Monday morning declaring the bid:

Today I’m announcing my candidacy for U.S. Senate: #teamsetti #masen #mapoli #massachusetts #p2less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

In the video, Warren drew on basic Democratic beliefs. "I believe in the core values of creating opportunity for all Americans, and protecting the most vulnurable," Warren said. "Yes, we need to cut government spending, but we cannot let a crisis born of fiscal mismanagement destroy all that we stand for as Americans."

Warren also referenced his experience in the Clinton White House; as New England FEMA Director; as a staffer for Sen. John Kerry and as an intelligence specialist serving in Iraq. But he admitted he lacks name recognition.

"I'm probably about as well-known as Scott Brown was at this point two years ago," Warren quipped.

Warren announced his candidacy with a video posted online.

Warren dug into Sen. Brown, who he'd face if he becomes the state's Democratic nominee. "(He) has not been the independent voice in the Senate that so many expected him to be. He's voted 87 percent of the time with his national Republican leaders," Warren claimed.

Recent polling shows Brown to be the state's most popular politician with an edge over all possible Senate candidates.

Warren joins a Senate field relatively short on declared candidates (his only official opposition thus far is CityYear founder Alan Khazei and activist Bob Massie), although a number of promiment state Democrats, like Rep. Michael Capuano, are rumored to be considering a run. 

He won't necessarily be the state Democratic establishment's first choice. Last month, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank — a Newton resident — reportedly told Warren not to run, saying it's too soon in his four-year term to commit to a campaign.

Just a few hours old, the campaign is already causing some unease in Newton; the Twitter handle @recallsetti promises to tweet about "how he neglects Newton while he runs for Senate."

Warren will formally announce his bid at an event on Tuesday. 

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