- The Washington Times - Friday, March 27, 2015

Democracy for America, a liberal activist group trying to recruit Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts into the 2016 presidential election contest, said that if she doesn’t run for president, then she should run for leader of the Senate.

Neil Sroka, a spokesman for the group, said that the election for the next Senate Democratic leader “shouldn’t be a slam dunk for any early front-runner, especially someone closer to Wall Street while the Wall Street wing of the party is dying and the Elizabeth Warren wing is rising.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, announced Friday morning that he would not be seeking re-election in 2016 and told The Washington Post he thinks the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat, Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, should succeed him as Democratic leader.

“It only makes sense that the next leader of the U.S. Senate is either from the Warren wing or deeply understands how to work with it,” Mr. Sroka said.

But Ms. Warren will not join the contest to replace Mr. Reid as Senate Democratic leader, according to her office.

She has repeatedly said she is not running for president in 2016, but Senate Democratic leaders created a new leadership position for her in the party apparatus after the 2014 midterm elections.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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