Republican politicians in Massachusetts have created a super PAC aimed at preventing their Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren from being reelected in 2018 and scuppering a possible presidential run in 2020.
Marty Lamb and Bonnie Thompson established Deal Her Out with the goal of raising $10 million by election day 2018, CNN reports.
Republicans have targeted Warren for some time for her role as a representative of the "left" of the Democratic Party.
"We do need to look at Elizabeth Warren in 2018," Lamb told CNN. "Historically, my belief is we haven't had a U.S. senator who was defeated and then run for president."
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He went on to accuse Warren of speaking on behalf of an elite and ignoring Massachusetts.
"She votes against the state's interest, like the 21st century CURES act," he added. "The entire Massachusetts delegation voted for it, Warren voted against it. I think she's grandstanding with her New York elitists to position herself for 2020, as a spokesperson for the extreme left and she's out of touch with the people of Massachusetts -- we are a fairly moderate state."
In fundraising emails, Deal Her Out does not hold back in critiquing Warren.
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"You're a lying, self-serving liberal phony who is totally unqualified to serve the American people ... It's our patriotic duty to tear her down until there is nothing left," one email read.
Warren's spokeswoman dismissed these allegations, noting that the senator was engaged in fighting against healthcare reform that would result in people in the state losing their coverage.
"Massachusetts Republicans will decide among themselves at their convention and then in a primary who will run for U.S. Senate," said Kristen Orthman. "But it's no surprise that out-of-state billionaires -- through various dark money groups -- will attempt to buy the election for them."
On healthcare, Warren has gone even further, arguing that Democrats must propose a single-payer model rather than just opposing the Republicans' plan. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is also campaigning on the issue.
"President [Barack] Obama tried to move us forward with health-care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts," Warren told The Wall Street Journal, according to the Seattle Times. "Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer."
Her proposal is not backed by the Democratic leadership. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated that her main focus is defending the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.