Beth Lindstrom
Beth Lindstrom announced her run for Senate in Massachustts on Monday. Photo: Beth Lindstrom/YouTube

Elizabeth Warren has another challenger vying for her Senate seat.

Beth Lindstrom, a former aide to Gov. Mitt Romney, announced her run on Monday.

In a video posted online Monday, Lindstrom said that she is not a politician, “I’m a mom who cares deeply about Massachusetts and where we are heading.”

Lindstrom does have experience in the political world, though. She served in Romney’s administration as the secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and she managed Scott Brown’s successful 2010 Senate campaign.

 

She also led Commonwealth Future, a super PAC in support of Gov. Charlie Baker, in 2010. Earlier in her career, Lindstrom served as executive director of the state lottery in the 1990s.

In her video, Lindstrom calls out political leaders for their “endless bickering and name calling,” saying that distracts from the effort to work together and find solutions to current situations.

“I’m running for Senate as an independent-minded Republican who believes we can get things done if people would just get to work instead of trading insults or thinking about the next step on the political ladder,” she says.

She isn’t just attacking Democrats. In her video, Lindstrom continues to say that when she looks at what’s going on in Washington, “I just shake my head,” she says. “The politicians like to think the problem is all on the other side, but the truth is, there’s plenty of blame to go around.”

In a press release, Lindstrom also promised to “oppose President Trump when he’s wrong.”

Lindstrom, a Groton resident, joins three others Republicans — all men — in challenging Warren: Rep. Geoff Diehl, businessman John Kingston and entrepreneur Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email.

Lindstrom will release a “more formal” announcement in the fall, she says in her video, but she adds that she wants Bay Staters to know that she’s “all in.”

The 2018 Senate race could attract eyes from across the country, as Warren has garnered national media attention for her strong opposition to President Donald Trump. Running against her will be a challenge, though — as of June, Warren’s 2018 re-election campaign bid has already raised more than $11 million.