February 22, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., predicted Wednesday that the Republican effort to make Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the face of the Democrat Party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, will not be successful.
“It’s not going to work,” Schumer said, according to Politico.
The Senate Democrat leader’s comments come as Republicans try to hold Warren up as the face of the party in early advertisements in the 2018 cycle, focusing on states won by President Trump in November where Democrat incumbents are up for re-election. This includes the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which released new ads attempting to tie those senators to Warren and putting her front and center in fundraising pitches to supporters.
“Elizabeth Warren is the face of the Democrat Party,” said Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who chairs the NRSC. “She’s extremely popular with their base, and that’s why she’s leading them right now. That’s why [Democrats] are voting 100 percent of the time with Elizabeth Warren.”
In the past, Republicans have used former President Obama, Hillary Clinton and former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid as the face of the Democrat opposition, as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. However, with Obama, Clinton and Reid all out of power or off the national stage and Pelosi leading the Democrat opposition in the House, they’ve settled on Warren as the Democrat figurehead.
Warren herself is also running for re-election in 2018. She is expected to receive a challenge from former baseball star-turned-conservative voice box Curt Schilling, who announced last fall that he is planning to launch a bid against the progressive Democrat.