Elizabeth Warren, a champion of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, will headline the California Democratic Party’s annual convention next month in Anaheim, organizers said Thursday.
Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, has said repeatedly that she will not run for president. But her voice is viewed by liberal activists as one that could help push Hillary Rodham Clinton, a more moderate Democrat, to the left.
In a brief article about Warren for Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people, Clinton wrote on Thursday that Warren “never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.”
Former Rep. Barney Frank, like Warren of Massachusetts, will also speak at the convention, organizers said.
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“Sen. Warren and retired Rep. Frank embody Democrats’ fight for fairness in our economy and financial reforms that reward Americans’ hard work and hope for the future,” party Chairman John Burton said in a prepared statement.
The convention runs May 15-17.
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