U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sees herself as more of a Princess Leia than Darth Vader.
The Massachusetts Democrat said she made the Star Wars comparison Thursday in response to comments made by Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, a Missouri Republican, suggesting Warren was the “Darth Vader of the financial services world” at an American Bankers Association conference Wednesday.
Warren said in a fundraising email she’s always seen herself “more as a Princess Leia-type,” who has never been tempted by the dark side.
Warren called Luetkemeyer “a Wall Street yes-man.”
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Warren said “they can call me Darth Vader or Voldemort or the Wicked Witch of Massachusetts for all I care — but I won’t be neutered.”
She was responding to reports that Luetkemeyer suggested that they, “find a way to neuter her.”
Luetkemeyer is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and recently sponsored a bill to deregulate community banks. He has also led multiple congressional efforts to protect the payday loan industry, according to fortune.com.
Warren told MSNBC: “If Wall Street and their buddies in the Republican party want to launch an assault on financial regulations … all I can say is, let’s have that fight. I’m ready. I am not backing down.”