Warren DNC appearance yields local support


It had come as no surprise that Mary Pat Akers is a supporter of U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. The front of Akers' driveway is decorated with posters promoting "Elizabeth Warren for Senate."

A few even found their way into Akers' Great Barrington home, where on Wednesday night, about 20 people packed into her living room to watch the live broadcast of the Democratic National Convention on C-SPAN.

Warren, a democrat and the former special adviser to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is running against Republican incumbent Scott Brown in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts.

Warren gave a speech that roused the spectators at the convention in Charlotte, N.C., as well as the wine-sipping attendees at Akers' home, who applauded and cheered for Warren as she spoke.

"We're like a bunch of political activists," said Akers, currently an unpaid volunteer for Warren's campaign. "We have people from as far as New York state here."

The Democratic National Convention was held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Time Warner Cable Arena before moving to the Bank of America Stadium today, where President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will accept the Democratic party nominations.

Warren, a candidate but not currently an elected official in the Senate, was able to speak on her behalf and on President Obama's, said Mary O'Brien, a retired Middle District Register of Deeds and a member of the Democratic State Committee.

"She spoke strongly for President Obama, but was able to deliver her message in Massachusetts and the Consumer Protect Act which she helped design," O'Brien said.

Warren's speech was particularly aimed at forming a stronger middle class, telling her own personal stories growing up, even saying the system was "rigged" and another term by the Obama administration would remedy that.

"I thought that she was right on the mark, and she knew her stuff," said Mary Poole, an Alford, Mass., resident who attended Akers' viewing party. "She was a perfect representative of our state and of our U.S. Senate."

The obligatory mudslinging was heard by Warren, but also by former President Bill Clinton during their speeches, both saying Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would lose sight of a working middle class.

"It was just more of the same victimhood by the Democrats," said Jim Bronson, chairman of the Berkshire County Republican Association, who watched the convention from his own home.

The heated race between Warren and Brown is the most expensive in the history of the state, with candidates amassing $46.7 million three months before the Nov. 6 general election, according to The Associated Press.


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