With Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown still running even against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, the controversy surrounding Warren’s claims of Native American heritage could imperil liberals’ hopes of winning back the seat once occupied by Ted Kennedy.
But Warren isn’t backing down from her claims of Native American ancestry. In an appearance on CNN’s “Starting Point” on Monday to promote her call for J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to step down from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York., Warren doubled down and said she was proud of her disputed heritage.
“You know, I’m proud of my Native American heritage,” Warren said. “I’m proud of my family. It’s now the case that people have gone over my college records, my law school records, every job I’ve ever had to see that I got my work. I got my jobs because I do my work. I work hard. I’ve been a good teacher.”
She contended the heritage questions were an effort by Brown, along with allies on Wall Street and in Washington, to “change the subject.”
“I think what this is really about is that the economy — middle-class families, working families — are getting hammered and Wall Street wants to change the subject. Scott Brown wants to change the subject. Washington wants to change the subject. I think that’s the real problem here,” Warren said.