Democrats Run From Warren's Toxic Brand

BOSTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren's toxic brand - marked by hyperpartisanship and bullying attacks - is clearly an albatross for Democrats across the country. Her colleagues are rushing to distance themselves from her, pushing back against the notion that they're "guilty" of sharing her brand. Democrats' treatment of Warren as a pariah echoes the criticisms she received from her onetime allies who called her post-election antics "'shrill," and "unhinged."

"Sen. Warren's hyperpartisan rhetoric is a turnoff even for Democrats, who are rushing to distance themselves from her toxic brand," said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "Voters of all stripes want to see their leaders work together to solve problems, and it's obvious that top Democrats are worried that their Party will be defined by Warren's over-the-top antics."

Dem Senator Doesn't Want To Be "Guilty" Of Sharing Warren's Brand

“She has her own brand. And I think I have my own brand in my own state, so it really doesn’t hurt. They’ve tried the ‘guilty by association’ with [Obama.]” -Democrat Senator Joe Manchin 

Senators Try To Create Daylight Between Themselves & Warren

“To suggest that we’re Elizabeth Warren is ridiculous" - Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Party Leaders' Strategy: Distance Themselves From Her

“I don’t think anyone’s going to be fooled.” -Democrat Senator Chris Van Hollen (DSCC Chair)

(Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan, "'They’re trying to turn Elizabeth into a boogeyman,'" POLITICO, 2/22/17)