Is Elizabeth Warren still a viable candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts?
Warren, the presumptive Democrat nominee against incumbent Senator Scott Brown, the Republican, looks increasingly bad based on her unsubstantiated claims of Native American heritage.
Elizabeth Warren insists that she is 1/32 Cherokee, but there is no corroboration of the validity of this claim. To make matters worse, there is a strong inference that Warren nonetheless used her “minority” status to obtain prestigious law teaching positions at several Ivy League universities under affirmative action.
Neither Warren nor the universities have yet to agree to release her employment applications.
According to the Boston Herald…
The New England Historical Genealogical Society, which originally announced they found evidence of Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage, said today they have discovered no documentation to back up claims that she is 1/32 Cherokee…All of which leaves Warren, who said she relied on family lore when reporting her Native American ties, once again without any proof of her heritage.
In this video, Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes says there is no simply no authentication for Warren’s Cherokee ancestry.
Ironically, there is some other genealogical data that suggests that one of Warren’s ancestors, a member of the Tennessee militia, may have helped round up Cherokees for the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of the Cherokee nation and other Native American tribes in the 1830s.
Warren, a multimillionaire Harvard law professor posing as a populist, is generally what her detractors would deem as a limousine liberal (in the U.K., this kind of elitist politician is known as a “champagne socialist”) who also made the claim that she provided the intellectual foundation for the Occupy movement, even while accepting huge campaign donations from Wall Street.
Most, but not all, Democrats have dropped out of the Senate campaign against Senator Brown in deference to Warren, who was originally tapped by Barack Obama as the first director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but the nomination never received Senate confirmation.
It remains to be seen if some of these other candidates will get back in.
Elizabeth Warren’s continued candidacy under these circumstances makes it more likely that Sen. Brown will win reelection even though Massachusetts is a blue state that will probably go big for Obama in November. On the other hand, neighboring Connecticut elected Democrat Richard Blumenthal to the U.S. Senate in 2010 despite the fact that he falsely claimed to have served in Vietnam.
In another weird development, according to Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, Warren may have plagiarized the recipes published in a family cookbook called Pow Wow Chow: “It seems that at least two of her ‘special recipes passed down through the Five Tribes families’ are identical to ones from The New York Times that were printed in 1979. And they’re not just from any eatery either — the recipes came from Le Pavillon, the fabulous French restaurant that dominated le haute cuisine in Manhattan from 1941 to 1966.”
Since this story is apparently not going away (for example, BuzzFeed says that her damage control efforts have only made things worse), do you think Elizabeth Warren will continue her challenge to Scott Brown or drop out?