Republicans in Massachusetts are in search of a challenger for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren's seat in 2018, both to retain their edge on the Senate and as a blow against a potential presidential bid in 2020, The Hill reports.
Warren, a rising star among liberals, is positioning herself as one of President Donald Trump's major opponents.
"She's going to likely be riding a wave of discontent in Massachusetts toward the administration's policies in Washington, but a challenger would be wise to run a campaign against her focused on the lack of results that she has achieved for Massachusetts," said Ryan Williams, who previously worked on former MA Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.
"She's not focused on delivering for her constituents. She's focused on setting up a potential presidential run, and she's doing that at the expense of her current job."
Despite the large Democratic population in Massachusetts, a recent poll from Boston's NPR radio station WBUR-FM found that only 44 percent of respondents thought Warren "deserves re-election," and 46 percent said they think it's time to "give someone else a chance."
Still, Republicans to oppose her are hard to come by. Current prospective candidates include state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who co-chaired the MA Trump campaign, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, now a radio host at Breitbart News, and Rick Green, a businessman who previously ran for chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.
"It's about talking about Sen. Warren's record and really making this about Massachusetts," Kirsten Hughes, Massachusetts Republican Party chairwoman, told the Hill. "I expect anyone challenging her, whether that's Geoff or Rick or anyone yet to emerge, I expect that's what they're going to do."
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