After unsuccessfully attempting to ignore the mushrooming scandal over whether she claimed she was a Native American on job applications to get a leg up in hiring decisions, Massachusetts Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren was finally forced to address the issue in a new campaign ad Tuesday after her Republican opponent and incumbent Sen. Scott Brown released an ad Monday putting her heritage back in doubt.
The Brown ad, “Who Knows”, features clips of news anchors, including FOX News’ Megyn Kelly, raising questions about Warren’s claims, and ends with a gut check clip of Warren laughing and saying that she doesn’t think anymore information the people of Massachusetts don’t know already know about her will come out, “but who knows.”
In response to the ad, Warren released an ad of her own titled “Family.” In the Christine O’Donnellesque video Warren attempts to “set the recod straight” about her heritage by repeating recent claims that she never asked for documentation of her heritage from her family because “what kid would?”
“Let me be clear. I never asked for or never got any benefit because of my heritage,” she says in the ad.
Anytime a candidate has to appear in an ad to defend him or herself against nasty allegations, that’s not a good sign. And for Warren, the week is only likely to get worse.
Yesterday, conservative blogger William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection called Warren’s integrity further into question by alleging that she unlawfully practiced law in Massachusetts without a license or any sort of a license at all, which is against two Massachusetts laws. Jacobson is the same blogger who brought attention to Warren’s inaccurate claims that she was a Native American.
According to polling site Real Clear Politics, Warren currently leads Brown by an average of 2.6 points. If the latest hit on Warren’s character doesn’t sound the death knell for her campaign because the people of Massachusetts continue to by her cockamamy stories, Warren will defy all odds and become the next Senator to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.