I just signed up at ElizabethWarren.com to receive updates on Elizabeth Warren's final decision on her possible run for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, and also sent her a letter of encouragement. This isn't my first letter of support for Elizabeth Warren. In 2010, I penned a letter to President Obama urging her nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
I'm writing to you because I've heard you've just completed your listening tour of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A disappointing few embark on these tours, forgoing and ignoring the voices of their neighbors & constituents. However, I'm not surprised at all that you've joined the select few that do listen, which I thank you for, because I've always known that your heart is in the right place for the American people.
I've toured all 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania several times, once before making my final decision to run for U.S. Senate. I did it because when I was in the Navy, before I took command of a battle group, I felt required to go through each department to understand their feelings and to make sure that we were all in the same boat (no pun intended). However, this is also necessary in government, and I'm glad that we've both participated in what I believe is the epitome of American democracy. If Pennsylvania is anything like Massachusetts, then I know that we've shared the same experiences. Don't listen to the pundits and naysayers, those who say that you can't win, or you can't beat the establishment, because they've been proven wrong before - take my word for it. Instead, listen to our people and hear their stories, concerns and desires - from the rural farms, to the suburban towns, to the metropolitan cities. For a sailor, our lives depend on it. For the American people, our livelihoods still depend on it. The things you hear on these tours are life-changing, and will shape your mindset forever.
I hope that the people's voices have as much impact on your decision as they had on mine. However, whatever your final decision may be, I know that you will always remain the people's advocate.
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