Can a Republican senatorial candidate who has closely aligned himself with the Donald Trump agenda upset progressive icon Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts?
Geoffrey Diehl, a Republican representing the 7th Plymouth District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives announced his bid for Elizabeth Warren’s United States Senate seat on Tuesday and spent Wednesday visiting cities throughout the state to let people know. But as Diehl announced his campaign and talked up his political successes at Tony’s Gas and Repair in Fall River, a small group of Democrats led by Judy Conrad of the Fall River Democratic Committee held signs at a busy intersection nearby soliciting and expressing support for Warren.
To her supporters, Warren is a progressive hero, standing strong against the Trump agenda. For instance, Warren, along with Kirsten Gillibrand, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden voted against the confirmation of Christopher Wray as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. While Diehl and his small collection of supporters thought this was progressive grandstanding, the Warren supporters felt her vote was exactly right.
To Diehl, Warren is a woman more interested in selling books and planning her run for president than she is in representing Massachusetts. He feels that Warren should stop celebrating her successes, such as voting to protect Obamacare, and work with Senate Republicans to overhaul or eliminate the program. Diehl indicated that he would have voted for the skinny repeal if he were Senator instead of Warren.
“I disagree with with my opponent [Warren] a lot more than I disagree with the president,” said Diehl, who explained that single payer health care would bankrupt the country.
On health care and the “skinny repeal”: