Warren Didn't Reveal Cherokee Heritage to Employers During Hiring Process
9:50 AM, May 31, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Boston Globe reports that Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren admitted in a prepared statement that she told two of her employers that she was a Native American--after she was hired. From the Globe:
If Warren was "proud" and "open" about this heritage and it was "part of who [she is]," then why didn't she offer this information to Harvard (and Penn) during the hiring process? Why hide her heritage?
Warren's admission comes just days before Massachusetts Democrats meet in Springfield for their annual convention, where the state party will endorse a candidate to run for Senate against incumbent Republican Scott Brown. Warren, a Harvard law professor, is the clear favorite of the Democratic establishment and received a timely endorsement from Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick.
But a second candidate, Middleton immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco, may win 15 percent or more support from party delegates, qualifying her to run against Warren in a primary election, which will be held on September 6. DeFranco tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that she is an "FDR style" Democrat, a more reliably liberal candidate to face Brown. She also argues that her opponent's Native American controversy reveals Warren could be a problematic general election candidate.
According to Globe reporter Glen Johnson, Patrick says he "doesn't care" about Warren's dubious claims to Native American heritage. "I think she has answered every question she has been asked," Patrick reportedly said.
In an article in the Boston Herald, DeFranco and other Democrats expressed frustration at Governor Patrick's 11th hour endorsement of Warren: