Brown demands proof of Warren’s Cherokee roots

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets


Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who’s been forced by opponents and the Boston media to release years of personal employment info and National Guard records, is finally weighing in on his foe’s claim she’s part Cherokee by demanding proof of her native heritage.

Several days since the Bay State scandal pushed Elizabeth Warren onto her heels, Brown on Tuesday demanded she release her work records and law school employment applications on which she checked the Native American box, a move that made her attractive to minority-seeking schools like Harvard University, her employer.

"Serious questions have been raised about the legitimacy of Elizabeth Warren's claims to Native American ancestry and whether it was appropriate for her to assume minority status as a college professor,” said Brown. “The best way to satisfy these questions is for Elizabeth Warren to authorize the release of her law school applications and all personnel files from the various universities where she has taught.”

He added: “I have released hundreds of pages of confidential employment records relating to my 32-year career in the National Guard, and I would encourage Professor Warren to do the same with respect to her personnel records and previous applications. As candidates for high public office, we have a duty to be transparent and open and not hide behind a wall of silence in the midst of public controversy."

Brown’s demand is expected to further inflame what most consider the most important and heated Senate race in the nation, pitting a rare Massachusetts Republican senator, who won Edward Kennedy’s seat after the liberal lion died, against a longtime advisor and confidant of President Obama.

Brown’s demand came as a website digging into Warren’s claim that she is 1/32nd Cherokee, uncovered evidence that another ancestor possibly played a role in the rounding up of Cherokees in what became the Trail of Tears starting in January 1837.