A former aide to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’s “not ready” to leave Warren after the freshman senator’s decision to run for president.
In an interview with the Boston Globe, Mary Ann Williams said she had a “deep respect” for Warren but that she was “not there yet.”
Williams, a veteran of several campaigns for statehouse and state office, is the former campaign manager for the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
She left the party to become an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a position she held until January.
Williams told the Globe that she felt “an immense sense of responsibility” to Warren, saying she was there in the early days of her campaign when she learned of Warren’s decision and that she “kept my head down and did my best to keep her informed.”
She said she was never asked to resign from the Warren campaign but that the decision to step down “wasn’t a decision I was comfortable with.”
Williams told Boston’s WBUR-AM radio station that Warren “has always been a person that I respect.
She’s a good person.
But I don’t think I could do it without her help.
It’s really hard for me to put that into words.
I’m not ready to be a part of that anymore.”
Warren has been widely seen as a potential candidate for president in 2020.
She has said she would support presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
She was appointed to a position as deputy assistant secretary of state by President Donald Trump in December.
She was named assistant secretary for international economic affairs in May.
Warren and Warren’s wife, Jane, were scheduled to hold their first public meeting Thursday in the Senate, where she was scheduled to speak to lawmakers.