Former Sen. Russ Feingold’s (D-Wis.) political action committee, Progressives United, endorsed Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s Massachusetts Senate race Tuesday afternoon.
“When we launched Progressives United, we knew one of our key missions would be to support progressive candidates that are committed to ending corporate political abuse,” Feingold wrote in an email to supporters. “Today, I’m proud to announce Elizabeth Warren will be the first United States Senate candidate Progressives United will officially endorse and support. I’ve known Elizabeth and her husband for years, and she’s exactly the type of person who should be running for office.”
Warren is a top recruit for Democrats who believe she is their best shot at picking off Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), the party’s top target.
Progressive United is the latest liberal political group to back Warren: She already has endorsements from EMILY’s List, which supports pro-abortion-rights Democratic women, and the Progressive Campaign Change Committee. It appears that Warren will be able to coalesce liberals around her campaign and stave off a serious primary challenge from any of the other candidates in the race.
Feingold, a liberal darling who bucked his party on some key issues from the left during his time in Congress, lost his reelection bid last fall but remains popular with the Democratic base. He was courted to run for Wisconsin’s open Senate seat or for governor, but decided against it this summer.
While Feingold strongly backs Warren, he voted against the financial regulatory overhaul she helped design because he believed it became too watered down to be effective legislation. He hinted at this in his endorsement — and said Warren would also hold fast to her beliefs.
“In all my years in the Senate, I always took positions that I believed in, even when my own party tried to stand in the way,” he wrote. “I know Elizabeth will be exactly the same kind of senator.”