MANCHESTER — The multi-state “Run Warren Run” campaign by two progressive activist groups to draft Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is coming to New Hampshire.
Although Warren has said she is not running for President in 2016, MoveOn.org and Democracy for America have been engaged in an effort to convince her otherwise. The groups held a launch in Iowa on Dec. 17, and on Saturday at 12 noon, an event will be held in Manchester, expected to attract a significant turnout of Warren supporters.
MoveOn has committed $1 million to the effort, while DFA has committed $250,000. Although the group supports Warren, DFA’s founder, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, has already endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Dean’s brother, Jim Dean, chairs DFA and is a co-leader of the effort to draft Warren. MoveOn says it has 43,000 members in New Hampshire, while DFA says it has between 7,000 and 8,000 members.
According to an announcement, “This will be the first meeting bringing together members of Democracy for America, MoveOn.org, and other progressive activists in the Granite State to plan the next steps in their effort to draft Elizabeth Warren ahead of the New Hampshire’s First In the Nation 2016 Democratic Primary.”
The kickoff event will be held at the Riverside Room of the Waumbec Mill Building, 250 Commercial Street, Suite 1004A, Manchester. Expected to speak are Charles Chamberlain, DFA executive director; Victoria Kaplan, MoveOn.org Lead Campaign Director; and New Hampshire DFA and MoveOn members.
According to the announcement, last week, DFA and MoveOn announced that more than 200,000 Americans had signed on to join the Run Warren Run effort at RunWarrenRun.org.
In mid-December, after 87.6 percent of the group’s members backed the effort in a poll, Democracy for America announced it was going “all-in” with MoveOn to draft Warren into the 2016 presidential race.
“Run Warren Run” has hired staff and will be opening offices in early primary and caucus states to recruit volunteers, produce ads, videos and “cultural interventions that tell the story of Senator Warren’s fight for working families and her powerful, populist progressive vision for our country’s future.”
In a mid-day email to Democrats in the state, DFA wrote, “As you know, New Hampshire is perhaps the toughest and most important battleground facing every potential presidential candidate. No one can win New Hampshire without a deep, strong organization of local activists and community leaders.
“That’s why Run Warren Run is asking Elizabeth Warren’s supporters in New Hampshire to build on this amazing momentum.”