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Trump Backer Geoff Diehl Mulls Run Against Elizabeth Warren

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GOP State Rep. Geoff Diehl, co-chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Massachusetts last year, told Newsmax Friday he is considering a run against Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018.

“We’ll make a decision by this summer, but right now, [a challenge to Warren] looks good,” said Diehl, who recently unveiled an exploratory committee for the Senate campaign. The four-term lawmaker also got a boost when businessman Rick Green announced he would not make the Senate run.

At first glance, the very idea of a Republican — a staunch conservative at that — in the Bay State taking out a nationally-known Democrat such as Warren appears ludicrous. Since 1978, Massachusetts has sent only one Republican to the Senate: Scott Brown, winner of a nationally-watched special election in 2010 to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat, who was unseated by Warren two years later.

“But that’s just it,” Diehl told me. “Scott won because people were upset over what was going on in Washington, and it started a strong movement behind him that took the state by storm. Now, people here are growing upset by a senator who is the voice of obstruction and has made clear she will run for president in two years if she is re-elected.”

As proof of disenchantment over Warren and her ambitions, Diehl cited a recent poll by WBUR-TV (Boston) showing 46 percent of voters statewide want a new senator, compared to 44 percent who want to return the incumbent Warren.

He also pointed to Warren’s recent and much-publicized six-figure advance to write a new book on her political philosophy.

“When they’re at the top of their game, many office-holders try to capitalize on their name recognition to write books,” said Diehl. “That’s one thing I won’t be doing if I’m elected senator.”

He added that his campaign plans to hit hard on key votes by Warren. Where most Republicans slam Democrats for voting for spending, Diehl took issue with a recent vote by her against the 21st Century Cures Act, which would have provided $12 million to Massachusetts to fight the opioid crisis.

Given the rise of narcotics trafficking in New England, he said, “there was no excuse for that vote of hers.”

Strongly pro-life and anti-tax, Diehl votes and sounds less like a Massachusetts Republican than one from the Midwest or South.

He also has something of a unique niche for leading a grass-roots, anti-tax movement that defeated the state’s business and political establishment. In 2014, voters rejected an initiative to keep a 3 cents per-gallon gasoline tax increase from rising even higher in the future without a vote from state legislators.

The vote was a particular triumph for Diehl, whose mostly volunteer “no” forces overcame a 31-to-1 spending advantages from those seeking to enact the measure.

“And, I was the first and only state representative in Massachusetts to back Donald Trump for president,” he said proudly. “Ernie Boch Jr. [millionaire car dealer and longtime Republican contributor] had a ‘meet-and-greet’ for Trump at his home [in Boston]. The way he spoke and addressed issues convinced me that here was someone who was different from any other candidate for president and who could reach people outside the Republican Party.”

That was in the summer of 2015. Diehl signed on with Trump and soon became co-chairman of his campaign in Massachusetts. He went on to win the state’s presidential primary resoundingly.

“And more than 20,000 Democrats changed their party affiliation to vote for him in the primary,” Diehl said. “That’s the kind of energy that will defeat Elizabeth Warren.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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