The Democratic candidate for US Senator from Massachusetts has listed herself as Native American in the past….
Her family has always mentioned that she has native aAmerican ancestry ….
(My family has the same, as many of us do)….
The Scott Brown campaign has spotlighted the situation….
Warren has not been able to show proof of her blood line and has been off key…
After a few days of media angst….
The Warren campaign found an expert to back her claim….
She’s been fighting a rear guard political fight for a week….
She’s come out of the fight with an ad with the President in it…
There is no evidence that Ms. Warren gained a job or a promotion by asserting minority status, but the question hovered for several days. She said family lore held that she was connected to the Delaware and Cherokee tribes; the Warren campaign didn’t document a connection. Ms. Warren said she had listed herself as a minority-group member in hopes of meeting others who shared her background. Eventually, a New England genealogist said he had found a record suggesting that Ms. Warren was 1/32 Native American.
No candidate likes to spend day after day on defense, so Ms Warren tried in different ways to shift the focus back to Mr. Brown—for example, by attacking him for taking advantage of provisions of the Obama health-care law, which he voted against, by keeping his 23-year-old daughter on his family insurance policy.
Midweek, the Warren campaign launched a new television advertisement in which President Barack Obama sings the candidate’s praises. In the ad, Mr. Obama cites Ms. Warren’s advocacy for the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as “a new independent agency that would have one simple overriding mission: standing up for consumers and middle-class families.” The ad’s launch was planned before the ancestry controversy surfaced, but it turned out to be a well-timed thrust in her effort to define herself rather than be defined.
The Result: Critics said the Warren campaign’s inability to quickly quell the ancestry matter was a sign of Ms. Warren’s relative inexperience as a candidate. It remains to be seen if the controversy has any lasting effect on Ms. Warren’s profile among voters, but Republicans were delighted to see a star Democratic candidate spending so much time on defense in a race that will depend greatly on how voters are introduced to her.
Ms. Warren’s television ads underscore the strengths she brings to the race. She has raised more campaign cash than any other Senate challenger and is running ads at a time when Mr. Brown isn’t….
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