Elizabeth Warren, in her first year as a U.S. senator, has captured headlines by pressuring such industry titans as Goldman Sachs Chairman Lloyd C. Blankfein for transparency, including a Dec. 4 call for Wall Street banks to disclose their contributions to policy groups that provide financial analysis to Congress.
Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general whose 2010 U.S. Senate loss cost Democrats a filibuster-proof majority, has been clawing back political respect by declaring a one-woman war on Wall Street’s role in the collapse of the housing market.
A parade of Democratic stars is marching through Massachusetts to galvanize support for U.S. Senate contender Ed Markey, while Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez looks to Obama administration missteps to propel an upset.
President Barack Obama campaigned for Democrat Edward Markey in the U.S. Senate special election in Massachusetts, telling supporters in Boston that the veteran lawmaker will continue the state’s legacy of sending “tough” and “smart” leaders to Washington.
It’s shocking how quickly years of financial planning can unravel if you lose a high-paying job and don’t get another one for a few years. Steve Twomey had his first brush with that painful lesson when he lost his job in his mid-40s after a long career in telecommunications. Other twists of fate compounded the pain later in life. Twomey, now 65, told his story to Bloomberg’s Ben Steverman. Below are edited excerpts:
Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts and presumed challenger Elizabeth Warren are locked in a virtual tie in a race analysts say offers Democrats one of their best chances of picking up a Senate seat in November’s election.
Massachusetts state Representative Martin J. Walsh and City Councilor John R. Connolly beat out 10 other candidates yesterday in the race to replace Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the city’s longest-serving chief executive.