Elizabeth Warren does Cape-wide meets & greets, shows the face of an energetic and engaged campaigner
Photos and text by Teresa Martin
US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren traveled the length of the Cape on Saturday, starting with a morning brunch in Falmouth, followed by a stop at the Democratic caucus in Dennis, a tour of Cape Air, a meet & greet at the Barnstable Senior Center, a visit to Truro and an end-of-day regrouping at the Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans.
Warren, a law professor who hails from a middle class family in Oklahoma, co-directs the Bankruptcy Database Project at Harvard University and has been researching bankruptcy issues since the late 1980s.
She led the charge to create the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the new government watchdog for mortgages, credit cards, and other forms of lending. Her run for Senate has become a national story.
But it turns out she also has long Cape connections. Her husband Bruce's family goes back generations in Barnstable; the family's burial plot lies there. On the other side of the family, Warren's closest cousin and her husband lived in Orleans for several decades.
Barnstable Senior Center, Hyannis
Everywhere Warren went, hundreds of voters queued up to meet the candidate, who is vying for the Democratic slot on the ticket for next November's election. At her mid-day stop at the Barnstable Senior Center (above), she spoke to a packed room about her personal history and the way it shaped her belief that America needs to return to its history of investing in the future through infrastructure, education, and research.
Dennis Democratic caucus, Dennis
Previous criticisms to the contrary, Warren seemed to enjoy an endless round of handshaking and greeting; those who met her seemed impressed with both her ability to connect and her accessibility. At the Dennis Democratic caucus, she worked her way across the room and seemed to enjoy every minute of it.
Cape Air, Hyannis
Cape Air grew from a startup idea into one of the region's largest employers. Cape Air CEO (and State Senator) Dan Wolf shared some of what made his business grow with the candidate during a visit to the company's headquarters and maintenance facilities. Warren strongly advocates for small and mid-sized business and the strength and values they bring to the country.
Later, Warren engaged with Cape Air staff in a discussion about aircraft manufacture and the planning needs of the aviation industry, as well as ways in which government research can support the growth and health of that industry. At one time her father worked as a flight instructor and two of her brothers fly; she said she has a life long fascination with planes and aviation.
Hot Chocolate Sparrow, Orleans
At the Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans, Warren showed the packed house that she could go into rip-roaring campaign mode too. Instead of the impassioned lecturer from Barnstable, she showed her stripes as a rally-the-troops leader to a cheering crowd.
At the end of a long day, candidate Warren leaves the Sparrow, clearly energized, and spends another 20 minutes outside in the cold February air shaking hands, listening, and once again, sharing with elementary students.