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GOP Challenger To Elizabeth Warren Calls Himself ‘Charlie Baker-Type’ Republican; Supports Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage

April 13, 2024

The leading funds-in-hand candidate among GOP contenders seeking to take on U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren this fall calls himself “a Charlie Baker-type” Republican and supports abortion and same-sex marriage.

John Deaton, 56, a lawyer originally from Michigan, said he “doesn’t support any of the presidential candidates who are running,” including likely Republican nominee Donald Trump, according to a story published Saturday, April 13 by

He is a supporter of cryptocurrency, an industry Warren has attacked.

Deaton, a former U.S. Marine, is the managing partner of Deaton Law Firm, of East Providence, Rhode Island. He represents clients in personal injury claims, including from asbestos-related mesothelioma and medical malpractice. He lived in Rhode Island until recently moving to Swansea, according to, although he notes he lived in Roxbury while attending New England School of Law.

Deaton had raised about $1.36 million and had a little less than $1.2 million cash in hand as of March 31, according to the Federal Election Commission. That amount includes a $1 million loan to the campaign from Deaton.

Other Republicans interested in the race had less than $500 cash in hand as of March 31. They are Robert Antonellis, Shiva Ayyadurai, John Berman, Ian Cain, Rebekah Etique, and Aaron Packard.

Warren had raised about $17 million and had about $4 million cash in hand as of March 31, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Warren, 74, a Democrat, is considered a prohibitive favorite to win a third six-year term in November 2024.


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