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Not Setti For Primetime?

March 21, 2011

If Newton, Massachusetts Mayor Setti Warren (D) makes it to the Senate someday, things might be slightly awkward between him and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Warren is currently mulling a 2012 bid for Sen. Scott Brown's (R) seat. Appearing over the weekend on WCVB-TV's "On the Record," Warren had to answer the question "Which former mayor of San Francisco was assassinated with gay rights activist Harvey Milk?"

"Dianne Feinstein," Warren answered. Co-host Ed Harding, laughing, informed Warren that the correct answer was George Moscone. Warren, apologizing, quickly said Feinstein became mayor after the assassination attempt, and Harding interjected that she then became a senator.

As the Boston Globe's Glen Johnson points out, Feinstein has served with Warren's former boss, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) -- Warren worked as Kerry's deputy state director.

Johnson also reports that the Massachusetts Republican Party called Warren "not ready for primetime" after the interview aired. Warren is reportedly still determining whether to challenge Brown, though he has moved toward staffing up for a potential campaign.

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