Democrats courting Warren for Senate

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Associated Press

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 24 at 5:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats desperate to find a strong challenger to popular GOP Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts are actively courting consumer advocate and Wall Street adversary Elizabeth Warren to jump into the race.

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has spoken to Warren about running, underscoring the importance party officials see in the race as they try to take back the Senate seat in 2012.

Some Democrats say the party could blow its best opportunity to reclaim the seat held for nearly a half-century by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Warren is a Harvard Law professor tapped by President Barack Obama last year to set up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but congressional Republicans oppose her becoming director.

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