Senator Elizabeth Warren is famous for many things. She represents Massachusetts in the United States Senate. She is a rag-to-riches success story and accomplished Harvard Law School professor. She rose to prominence as a stalwart defender of the middle class.
Google her name and it becomes clear that she is not in the pocket of big money special interests. Earlier this week, she chaired a hearing on getting employers to pay more than minimum wage.
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s virtuous attitude may have rubbed her Senate colleagues the wrong way. While the Senate is famous for its stately chamber in the U.S. Capitol and grand offices in elegant buildings, she has been assigned to a trailer park.
Her office assignment is officially blamed on antiquated Senate rules. The rumor mill buzzes with talk that suggests otherwise.
“Senator Elizabeth Warren, God bless her, is a good friend of mine,” a fellow Senator remarked. “She does good work for her constituents. Her record is impressive. She rose from the trash heap to the halls of Harvard. My goodness, I am blown away.”
The Senator refused to go on the record. He wanted to observe the Senatorial etiquette of backstabbing your colleague anonymously.
“She is a persistent little wench,” another Senator standing nearby chimed in. “When we took away the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, we believed that would be the end of her. However, her sense of entitlement led to running for the Senate. Now she is here.”
When asked to detail one good thing about Senator Warren, he looked genuinely stumped. Instead, he gleefully provided directions to her office.
To get there, one has to leave the splendid marble, vaulted ceilings and Roman-columned elegance of the Senate behind. After a half a mile walk through an underground maze of tunnels, you enter the Senator Elizabeth Warren staircase. A nondescript door opens to reveal several neat row of double-wide trailers.
Inside, the trailers are more suited to a construction site than running the United States government. Maroon carpeting replaces marble flooring. Electrical wires dangle from the walls. There are no lighting fixtures. Bare fluorescent bulbs buzz overhead.
Her entire staff is housed in one room. There is space for a stack of books doing double duty as a library and a desk. When Senator Warren is in the office, she gets first dibs to place her legal pad on the stack. Her staffers must work standing up, passing one laptop back and forth.
Ever the optimist, Senator Warren makes light of the situation. After talking to visiting constituents in the U.S. Capital, she’ll tell them, “You are welcome to come to my office. There just isn’t much to see.”
Asked to comment about the Senator Elizabeth Warren office assignment, another Senator had some terse remarks.
“Senator Elizabeth Warren just needs to shut her trap. As a freshman, she has no rights and no say so here. Getting elected has really gone to her head. She needs to learn her place. She came from the trailer park. Now, she is complaining about her office assignment? My goodness.”
Later, he emailed a draft bill that he was going to introduce. He called it, The Senate Sequester Accountability Act of 2013. It had 54 bipartisan co-sponsors.
To save American taxpayers money, a majority of Senators want to cut funding for “the staff of Senator Elizabeth Warren, limit her access to television cameras and office equipment…and keep her permanently assigned to the trailer park until she quits the Senate or Fox News is able to diminish her chances of being reelected, whichever comes first.”