AUBURN, Mass. – On the same day that Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown talked to residents in Auburn, supporters of Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren were out in Drury Square campaigning during Tuesday’s afternoon rush hour.
Warren supporters said they will be out there holding signs twice a week until the much-anticipated November election.
“I’ve been involved in politics for 50 years, and this is the only way to do it,” said Paula Melican, an Auburn resident who supports Warren. “You have to start from the bottom up, enlisting your volunteers and friends. You need to knock on doors, stand outside with signs and talk to whoever you can.”
Melican said Warren has been gathering support in Central Massachusetts since the winter, one year prior to the election.
“Elizabeth Warren stands strongly for middle class America,” Melican said. “She really gives an incredible message for people who are having a difficult time economically. She has had incredible experience in Washington, and I think we need someone like her.
“Scott Brown may be a very nice individual, but he is very beholden to his financial supporters, and I prefer my elected officials not to be that tight with their fundraisers.”
Auburn resident Barbara Merolli was also holding Warren campaign signs on Tuesday. Merolli said she supports Warren because the politician is concerned about the average American.
“She really cares about people getting a fair opportunity to improve themselves, and that’s what really won me over,” Merolli said.
Merolli also said that holding campaign signs on the street is a very effective strategy.
“We’re getting a lot of positive responses from people driving by, which is kind of amazing in such a busy intersection,” Merolli said. “It’s really encouraging.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Brown stopped by the Heritage Coffee Shop around noon to talk with residents and grab a bite to eat.
Warren did not make an appearance in Auburn on Tuesday, but she planned to attend the Worcester Fourth of July celebrations on Tuesday night.