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Questions about Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s purported Native American heritage are not going away and are actually taking a more prominent placement in some left-leaning publications asking whether she used a self-proclaimed minority status to get ahead.
The Boston Globe reports that new documents show Harvard University reported for six straight years in federal diversity statistics its employment of a Native American woman in the law school Elizabeth Warren
And while Warren has claimed she was unaware of how Harvard was promoting her heritage until she read it in the paper, only days ago, Harvard officials and federal guidelines say those statistics are usually based on the employee’s self-descriptions.
The administrator for Harvard’s diversity statistics from that time, and a citizen of the Cherokee nation himself, also said the school always accepted faculty members’ identification.
Meanwhile, the candidate is desperately trying to move on from reporters’ questions.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
REPORTER: Elizabeth, can you put this issue to bed and tell us whether or not you are in fact a member of a minority group?
ELIZABETH WARREN, D – MA, SENATE CANDIDATE: So, I uh — middle class families are getting hammered.
REPORTER: Members of the Cherokee Nation want to know, they say you should come clean
WARREN: I have made the facts clear, and what I’m trying to do is talk about in this Senate race what matters to America’s families.
REPORTER: Why did you claim you were a minority and then stop?
WARREN: I have told you, I have answered these questions; I am going to talk about what’s happening to America’s families.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
One Washington Post reporter blogged — Warren has — quote– “met the repeated questions with a good, old-fashioned, political stonewall.”
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