Disturbing new reports have revealed that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is Hillary Clinton’s likely choice for Vice President.
These reports came out after Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., spoke out to say that he’s opposed to a Democratic U.S. senator being chosen to run as Clinton’s vice presidential running mate.
“If we have a Republican governor in any of those states, the answer is not only no, but hell no,” Reid said, according to Western Journalism. “I would do whatever I can and I think most of my Democratic colleagues here would say the same thing.”
If Warren is named as Clinton’s running mate, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker will have to name a successor to the former’s Senator seat if they win the election in November. Reid believes this move would definitely jeopardize the Democrats’ chances of regaining control of the Senate.
The Globe’s Matt Viser said that the fact that Reid is so focused on Massachusetts indicates that Warren is Clinton’s preferred choice for running mate.
“Reid commissioned a review by Washington election law attorney Marc Elias (who is also the general counsel to the Clinton campaign, and has advised Warren on legal matters in the past),” Viser wrote. “The review only focused on Massachusetts, and Reid did not conduct such a follow-up review on any other state.”
“Massachusetts currently requires a special election to be held within 145-160 days…In theory, Warren could file such a letter 145 days before the Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration and successfully block Baker from picking any temporary replacement,” he continued. “But that would expose Warren to a potentially awkward position. If Clinton lost the November election and Warren wanted to keep her Senate seat, she would have to make the politically difficult decision of rescinding her planned resignation — or run for an open seat that she created.”
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Viser went on to say that behind-the-closed-doors strategic meetings are currently taking place to ensure Senate Democrats don’t lose another Senate seat to the Republicans.
“A more likely scenario would be that Warren would start the clock ticking for a special Massachusetts ballot only if Clinton won, with an intent-to-resign letter dated the day after the Nov. 8 national election,” Viser wrote.
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