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Elizabeth Warren receives major union endorsement

Elizabeth Warren, the former nominee to head the CFPB, received the unsolicited endorsement of the Massachusetts Nurses Association on Tuesday even though she has not yet formally entered the Massachusetts Senate race.

A union official said members are “hoping it will show her up front what kind of support she has and encourage her to jump in,” the HuffingtonPost.com reports.

Warren spearheaded the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau but was not appointed to direct the bureau to the dismay of many consumer advocates.

Since President Obama tapped former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray for the position, Democrats have been urging Warren to challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) for his seat.

MNA’s announcement was Warren's first endorsement, however, it could have a major impact on the Democratic primary, HuffingtonPost.com reports. The union has 23,000 members and is that largest registered nurse association in Massachusetts.

Warren’s potential opponents for a primary include Newton Mayor Setti Warren, social entrepreneur Alan Khazei and State Representative Thomas Conroy.

MNA said it had no communication with Warren prior to its decision, HuffingtonPost.com reports.

Roll Call recently reported that Warren has met with leaders of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Obama advisor David Axelrod.

Senator John Kerry’s (Mass.-D) spokeswoman Whitney Smith said that the senator “met with Elizabeth Warren on consumer issues pertinent to the agency and he publicly advocated for her to lead the agency…Kerry is focused on his job, not anyone else's job,” RealClearPolitics.com reports.

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