Tsongas Endorses Elizabeth Warren for US Senate
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas recently endorsed Elizabeth Warren for US Senate.
Fifth District Congresswoman Niki Tsongas endorsed Elizabeth Warren for United States Senate at an event in Lowell recently. Below is a copy of Tsongas’ remarks endorsing Warren as prepared for delivery.
“I am proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren today for the United States Senate. Throughout her distinguished career, Elizabeth has made fighting for the middle class her life’s work.
“Her candidacy in this race is particularly important as our Commonwealth and our country work to recover from one of the worst economic crisis in recent history.
“At a time when our financial regulatory safeguards have failed us, Elizabeth fiercely advocated for the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Wall Street reform, efforts that I was proud to join her in advancing. She had many opponents in this battle, at times being named, “the scourge of Wall Street,” if you can believe it, but she worked hard to build support for her idea and fought tirelessly to see it enacted. She stood up to big banks, corporate interests, and all of the cynics and naysayers, and if she can do that and win, we know she will stand up for each and every one of us as a United States Senator.
“There are plenty of people in Washington to look out for the special interests and their friends on Wall Street. What we need are more people like Elizabeth in Washington looking out for people like you and the families here in the Fifth District.
“In the Senate, Elizabeth will fight to level the playing field so that you have a voice. She sees an America that invests in people, with educational opportunities that don’t require a lifetime of crushing debt, where entrepreneurs take an idea and start a business without becoming bogged down in red tape, and a place where our sense of fairness dictates that each of us pay our fair share in contributing to our economic recovery.
“Elizabeth has led the fight against predatory lending practices, while championing the rights of homeowners and consumers. And, as she often says, she “came up the hard way…out of a hard-working middle class family” which has helped her understand the unique economic challenges facing communities like the Merrimack Valley.
“We are fortunate to have so many great candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate. I have had the privilege of getting to know many of them and they have all brought, and will continue to bring, new ideas and energy to the debate.
“However, I believe that Elizabeth Warren’s unique experiences, many accomplishments, and deep seated commitment to fighting for the middle class, best qualify her for the challenges we now face.
“Last year, I invited Elizabeth to speak at an event I hosted in Washington, DC for Fifth District constituents. Around the time of that event, TIME magazine featured Elizabeth on its cover as one of three female “Sheriffs of Wall Street,” along with SEC chair Mary Shapiro and FDIC chair Sheila Bair. When asked on a radio program about her thoughts regarding the role of these prominent women in Washington who were trying to address the financial crisis and its fallout she said, “Let’s face it. There’s still no line in the ladies’ room.”
“That statement resonates here in Massachusetts as well. In the more than two hundred year history of our Commonwealth only four women have gone to Washington to represent Massachusetts in Congress.
“Two of those women were elected right here in the Fifth Congressional District. In 1925, five years after women earned the right to vote, this district elected Edith Nourse Rogers as the first woman from Massachusetts to serve in Congress; she still holds the record as the longest serving Congresswoman. And, in 2007, this district elected me to Congress as the first woman from Massachusetts in a quarter century. So, it is not inappropriate that we're here today with Elizabeth Warren who again has a chance to make history as the first female Senator from Massachusetts.
“Given the Fifth District's long history of sparking change, I am sure this district will once again be true to its revolutionary spirit, support Elizabeth Warren, and help send to Washington a U.S. Senator who will be a forceful and effective voice for change.”