Elizabeth Warren’s seat is in trouble now, as Marine veteran John Deaton announces Senate challenge

After a “moderate centrist” entered the race, a Massachusetts progressive senator wasted no time rallying donors against the “MAGA Republican machine.”

While the presidential preference primary for the Bay State takes place on Super Tuesday, voters have until September to work out the rest of the ballot. U.S. Marine Corps veteran and attorney John Deaton officially launched his campaign for the GOP nomination, prompting a different campaign from incumbent Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren who fired off an email to donors about the “well-funded Republican.”

In an email reported by Fox Business, Warren’s campaign against the mesothelioma and asbestos attorney who made a name for himself with a high-profile cryptocurrency case, accused Deaton of “trying to stop us from taxing the wealthy, regulating big banks, and making our government work for working people,” and sought “$28 or anything you can,” toward her re-election effort.

The senator’s slights also reached X where she accused the candidate of being a carpetbagger, “Apparently, the MAGA Republican machine couldn’t find a single Republican in Massachusetts to run against me–so they brought in someone from Rhode Island who will have the backing of the GOP and special interest groups.”

Responding directly, Deaton asserted, “Senator, no one recruited me and I’m looking forward to a substantive discussion on the issues that are important to the good people of Massachusetts, like income inequality, inflation, housing costs, illegal immigration, the debt crisis, and veterans’ services.”

According to the Boston Globe, the attorney, who had been a registered Republican, Democrat and independent, described himself as a “moderate centrist Republican,” and claimed, “I am not a partisan person. If there’s an issue…you’re not going to be able to say, ‘Well, Deaton for sure is going to vote this way, because that’s what the Republicans think.'”

Meanwhile, as Fox Business noted, Deaton has been at the forefront of criticizing the Securities and Exchange Commission, in particular for its lawsuit against Ripple Labs, a cross-border payments company alleged to have engaged in illegal sales of cryptocurrency CRP.

He went on to file an amicus brief in the case representing 75,000 global owners of XRP and the judge ruled in July that sales of the currency in secondary markets did not constitute securities.

Still, Warren boasted of targeting crypto as part of an effort to regulate and tax at every opportunity, and differentiated herself in a previous email where she referred to Deaton as a “big cheerleader for crypto interests.”

“Ever since I began speaking out about protecting consumers from crypto scams and making that industry follow the same basic regulations as banks and all other financial institutions, the crypto lobby has put a target on my back,” a campaign email asserted.

She also invoked the boogeymen of “special interests” and Wall Street despite the track record of backing Democratic candidates. “Look, I’m not afraid, but this now means we need to prepare to compete against funding from powerful special interest, Wall Street, and the GOP.”

According to the Globe, Deaton seeded his campaign with $500,000 of his own money while Warren reportedly had $4 million cash on hand to close out 2023. The filing deadline for the Sept. 3 primary was set for May 7.

Kevin Haggerty

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