|NYSNYS NEWS: Elizabeth Warren supporters rally in Saratoga to urge her entry into 2016 presidential race as a Clinton rival for Democratic nomination.|
|NYSNYS NEWS:Elizabeth Warren supporters rally in Saratoga to urge her entry into 2016 presidential race as a Clinton rival for Democratic nomination.|
By Kyle Hughes
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (February 14) – Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn't running for president, but that did not deter her diehard supporters from holding a street corner "honk and wave" rally here on a cold and snowy Saturday.
"We're calling on Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a champion of working families and the middle class, to run for president," said Joe Seeman of Move On, who stood in bitter cold and blowing snow outside City Hall with his son and another Warren supporter.
"The stands she is taking on the issues are the stands we'd like to see Hillary Clinton and every other politician out there take. We'd like to see all of them say lower taxes on working families and raise taxes on the rich … The middle class, the working people have been going nowhere while the rich people are making fabulous amounts of money. Elizabeth Warren is talking about that and we'd love to see everybody talking about that."
""I'd like somebody who is going to work for the middle class and the working class, rather than protect corporate entities and the wealthy," said Sharon McFarlane. "I think that our girl is going to be the one to do that – Elizabeth."
They spoke in Saratoga Springs, one of the economic bright spots in upstate New York, where there are currently a dozen luxury condos priced at $1 million to $2.1 million listed on Zillow, the real estate website. The city has become a magnet for the wealthy from across the country and internationally who have bought up property and invested in businesses. One of the biggest is the ruler of Dubai, the absolute monarch of the Persian Gulf emirate.
Warren, 65, is a former law school professor who has emerged as a hero to the left since winning election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. She has called for breaking up big banks and raising taxes on the wealthy, saying "there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own … Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
But so far Warren is passing on running for president in 2016, despite a groundswell of support from the left and events like Saturday street corner rallies held across the U.S. Move On and Democracy for America have announced a "Run Warren Run" campaign mirroring the "Ready for Hillary" group that is setting up shop in key primary states.
McFarlane said the Saturday turnout was also organized by the Working Families Party. Seeman, a veteran activist from Ballston Spa, said a bigger turnout was anticipated but it was held down by the extreme cold and snow.
The Democratic presidential field has yet to shape up, with party faithful awaiting a decision by Clinton. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also mentioned as a potential 2016 candidate, but McFarlane expressed no enthusiasm when asked about him.
"I'd much prefer to see a progressive governor who exhibits more integrity," she said of Cuomo.
Another pro-Warren outdoor rally was scheduled for Kinderhook, Columbia County on Saturday. Sunday at noon, Warren supporters planned to hold another "honk and wave" event at the corner of Wolf Road and Central Avenue in Colonie.
The events were part of a Presidents Day weekend push by Warren supporters nationally to draw attention to the draft campaign.