UNDER THE BUS, LIZ – AT 11:10 A.M. ET: It may not matter much to the swells of Massachusetts liberal politics, but their prized Senate candidate, Elizabeth Warren, seems to have a substantial problem with the truth.
She's been caught lying about her use, or misuse, of her imagined "minority" status to advance her career. She claims to be 1/32nd Cherokee, although she can't produce any evidence. And she claims that she didn't know that Harvard Law School, from which she derives a heavy salary, was promoting her as a minority. Why, never mentioned it to them.
Now the Harvard officer in charge of these things when Warren was first hired, contradicts her, sending her under the bus and suggesting that Harvard knows she's making it up. From Breitbart's Big Government blog:
Elizabeth Warren can no longer count the Harvard University administrator who listed her as "Native American" among her advocates in the unfolding scandal of her professed minority heritage.
In the reaction to the Boston Globe's controversial article on Harvard's EEOC reports which listed Elizabeth Warren as a Native American, one particular revelation has gone largely unnoticed. Alan Ray, the former administrator who filed diversity reports during Warren's tenure, distances the university from any responsibility for erroneously listing her as a Native American.
[Ray] said through a spokeswoman that he "never encouraged any faculty member to list himself or herself in a particular way." Ray added that Harvard "always accepted whatever identification a faculty member wanted to provide," a characterization another highly placed former Harvard administrator backed up.
In other words, Warren provided the "Native American" stuff to Harvard quite voluntarily.
Either Warren suggested to Harvard, as she presumably did in her Pow Wow Chow byline, that she was a Cherokee, or Harvard, either from her appearance or from some historical evidence, deemed her Cherokee. However, as has been explored in excruciating detail, there is no genealogical evidence for Warren's assumed heritage, and her blonde-haired, blue-eyed appearance does nothing to suggest any kind of minority background.
Mr. Ray has now come forward and clarified the university's role in this controversy, insinuating he merely went along with information volunteered to him by Professor Warren. Ms. Warren, however, refuses comment, even though the allegations in this story include falsifying federal diversity compliance reports.
COMMENT: Incredibly, there is no evidence thus far that the Dems of Massachusetts are willing to dump Warren, although other credible candidates are waiting in the wings. In fact, she's running even in the polls with Republican Senator Scott Brown, and may well win his Senate seat because a presidential election year will bring out more Democrats than in off-year elections. Character doesn't seem to count at all. What a commentary.
May 27, 2012