Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLouisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in McConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill MORE (D-N.Y.) said he offered former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) a pass on his 2012 election, if the Massachusetts Republican supported campaign finance reform — but Brown declined.
Because of that, Schumer said he recruited Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam White House faces increased cries from allies on Haitian migrants MORE (D-Mass.) to run for the seat she occupies today.
“You know I helped persuade her to run. There is a good little story,” Schumer told the New Republic in an interview.
“I can tell this. I went to Scott Brown and said, 'If you give us the 60th vote for the Citizens United rollback, we won’t go after you.' I spent a lot of time lobbying him, and met some of his friends and had them lobby him. He said 'yes.' Then he said 'no.' So I wanted to recruit the strongest candidate against him, and I thought that was Elizabeth Warren.”
Schumer was referring to the Disclose Act, which fell three votes short of advancing in the Senate in 2010. The legislation would have required corporations to file campaign finance reports detailing their political spending. The House, controlled by Democrats at the time, had already passed the legislation.
The Schumer-sponsored measure was a reaction to a Supreme Court decision that rolled back political donation restrictions on corporations.
At the time, Brown, Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) and former Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) appeared to be the most likely Republicans to support the bill. All voted “no,” despite strong lobbying from Democrats.
Schumer, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate who is seen as a likely successor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said “I’ve never had one of those plans” when asked about presidential ambitions.
He described his relationship with some potential GOP presidential candidates in 2016 as either “cordial” in the case of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) or “formal” but “reserved” in the case of Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas).
Being from Brooklyn, Schumer defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) brash style when asked if it would hamper a potential presidential bid.
“What the public has a really good nose for is genuineness,” he said. “Chris Christie is Chris Christie. Here’s what I’d say about me: I’m from Brooklyn. Sometimes it helps me, sometimes it hurts me. But if I tried not to be from Brooklyn, I’d be worse than whatever I am.”