A large and enthusiastic crowd of more than 150 people attended a rally for Elizabeth Warren Sunday at the Democratic campaign headquarters in Winthrop Center.
Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo led the speaking program and spirited support of Warren, who is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat in the November 6 election. Warrenâ€™s opponent in the election is U.S. Senator Scott Brown.
State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli and State Rep. Kathi Anne Reinstein joined Winthropâ€™s volunteer campaign leader Donna Segreti Reilly and Town Democratic Committee Chairwoman Kathy DelVento in welcoming Warren to the town.
Petruccelli offered his support of Warren at the rally.
â€œWe need someone not only with the knowledge but with the gumption to take on the big banks and Wall Street and we know that Elizabeth Warren has done it,â€ said Petruccelli. â€œThat is a clear difference about where weâ€™re going in this election and thatâ€™s why my family supports Elizabeth Warren for Senate and I hope you all do, too as well.â€
DeLeo gave his wholehearted endorsement of Warren in his introductory remarks.
â€œAnd now the person that youâ€™ve all come here to see here today,â€ said DeLeo. â€œI had the great opportunity to meet Elizabeth at a Labor Day breakfast one year ago and she immediately impressed me as the type of person that we really need in Washington. The biggest thing I found about Elizabeth that sheâ€™s a person of conviction â€“ she stands for something.
â€œSheâ€™s a good person. Sheâ€™s a kind person. She cares for people â€“ that was the most important attribute that I liked about Elizabeth Warren.â€
After praising her performance in the debates, DeLeo said, â€œShe is the most wonderful candidate that we could have in the United States Senate.â€
DeLeo then rallied the supporters in the crowded room. â€œWeâ€™re going to need people each and every day to work for Elizabeth Warren and the Democratic ticket. This is the most important election in my memory. And itâ€™s important that we get this lady in to Washington to represent Massachusetts in the United States Senate.â€
Warren smiled as the crowd responded with hearty applause.
â€œIâ€™ll admit it â€“ I love being in Winthrop,â€ said Warren, who thanked Speaker DeLeo for allowing her campaign to use the Democratic headquarters in Winthrop Center.
â€œHe [DeLeo] is a great leader and if I can do one tenth in Washington of what the Speaker has done here in Massachusetts, I will be a successful woman,â€ added Warren.
Warren said that Democrats â€œhave a real vision and the vision is everybody pays a fair share, even billionaires, even oil companies â€“ everybody pays a fair share and together we make those investments in the future. We make those investments in our kids. We invest in education. We invest in roads and bridges and harbors and power.
â€œWhy? So we can have businesses here in this country, here in this Commonwealth. We believe in building a future together. And thatâ€™s what this race is fundamentally about â€“ their vision versus our vision. An America for a thin slice at the top or an America for working people.â€
Warren said people had told her the Senate campaign would test her toughness and resolve.
â€œItâ€™s a fight. I am not afraid. Iâ€™ll tell you why Iâ€™m not afraid. Iâ€™m not afraid because I know why I am in this race and I am ready. I am here to ask just one question and I need to know, are you ready?â€
The crowd enveloped the candidate in cheers of â€œWarren, Warren,â€ as she left the building and headed to East Boston to march in the Columbus Day Parade.