Elizabeth Warren Aligns Senate Bid With Occupy
Candidate shocks analysts by embracing protesters
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2011 4:25 PM CST
Elizabeth Warren speaks in Lowell, Mass. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 during a debate between six Massachusetts Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Scott Brown.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Elizabeth Warren is embracing the Occupy movement in her Massachusetts Senate campaign, shocking political analysts and creating a test case for Democrats seeking to regain Congress, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Every candidate's watching her because she's something of a phenomenon," one analyst says. "They're not so ready to embrace the protests." Little wonder, considering that just 24% of voters across the US support Occupy.

But her campaign for the Democratic nomination is thriving so far, raising more than $3 million in three months—with little of it from high finance. A Republican group has even shifted tactics, replacing ads that link her to Occupy with ones criticizing her management of a $700-billion bailout fund. And she's staying on message as she aims to unseat GOP Sen. Scott Brown: Americans have "watched the people who brought us the financial crisis walk away ... with their pockets stuffed with money," Warren says. "They know that's not right."