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04/19/2007


Scott Brown 'Regrets' Racist Behavior of His Staff, But Won't Acknowledge His Own

Scott Brown's campaign issued a statement late yesterday about the racist behavior by his staffers this week:

Brown“Senator Brown has spoken to his entire staff – including the individuals involved in this unacceptable behavior – and issued them their one and only warning that this type of conduct will not be tolerated. As we enter the final stretch of this campaign, emotions are running high, and while Senator Brown can’t control everyone, he is encouraging both sides to act with respect. He regrets that members of his staff did not live up to the high standards that the people of Massachusetts expect and deserve.”

Brown's staffers were seen making Native American 'war whoops' and tomahawk chops in a YouTube video in a face-off with Elizabeth Warren reporters in response to claims made by Brown that she checked a 'Native American' box on a job application to advance herself.

Meanwhile, Brown denied suggesting in his debate that he could tell someone's ethnicity by looking at them.

Here's what he said in the debate: "Professor Warren claimed that she was a Native American, a person of color, and as you can see, she's not."

Today's exchange went like this:

REPORTER: ... the debate that, "As you can see," she's not Indian. Can you tell by looking at someone what their ethnicity is? What's your feeling on that?

BROWN: [Avoids the question, talks about Warren's character, integrity, blah, blah, blah....]

REPORTER: But you're suggesting you can tell by somebody's—

BROWN: I never made that suggestion at all.


Cherokee Nation Chief Denounces Scott Brown's 'Racist' Staffers

The Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation denounced Scott Brown staffers for making "war whoops" and tomahawk chops in a YouTube video which mocked the Native American heritage of Brown's opponent Elizabeth Warren, Think Progress reports:

Brownstaffer“The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse,” said Chief Bill John Baker in his statement, “The use of stereotypical ‘war whoop chants’ and ‘tomahawk chops’ are offensive and downright racist.”

Baker called on Brown to “apologize for the offensive actions of his staff and their uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal of native peoples,” and said, “A campaign that would allow and condone such offensive and racist behavior must be called to task for their actions.”

Previously...
Elizabeth Warren Responds to Scott Brown's Attacks on Her Race: VIDEO [tlrd]
Brown Staffers Mock Elizabeth Warren with Native American War Whoops, Tomahawk Chops: VIDEO [tlrd]


Elizabeth Warren Responds to Scott Brown's Attacks on Her Race: VIDEO

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Elizabeth Warren responds in a new ad to attacks from Scott Brown about her Native American background:

"As a kid, I never asked my mom for documentation when she talked about our Native American heritage. What kid would? But I knew my father's family didn't like that she was part Cherokee and part Delaware — so my parents had to elope. Let me be clear, I never asked for, never got any benefit, because of my heritage. The people who hired me have all said they didn't even know about it. I'm Elizabeth Warren, I approve this message. Scott Brown can continue attacking my family — but I"m gonna keep fighting for yours."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier...
Scott Brown Staffers Mock Elizabeth Warren with Native American War Whoops, Tomahawk Chops: VIDEO [tlrd]

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Scott Brown Staffers Mock Elizabeth Warren with Native American War Whoops, Tomahawk Chops: VIDEO

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As you may know, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown amped up rhetoric accusing Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren of using her Native American heritage to her professional advantage, using the claims in advertising and as his opener in his debate against Warren.

Rachel Maddow took on Brown's claims in an excellent segment last night.

Now, a video has surfaced showing Brown staffers making Native American 'war whoops' and tomahawk chops in a face-off with Warren supporters, presumably to mock Warren's Cherokee heritage.

Here you can see Brown's staffers making "war whoops" and "tomahawk chops", presumably in reference to Warren's Cherokee heritage. Identified in video making the chop are Brown's Constituent Service Counsel Jack Richard (camoflage shirt) and -- we believe -- Massachusetts GOP operative Brad Garrett, front and center with tan baseball cap and gray hoodie, leading the whoops and chops.

Brown responds to the video by doubling down on his racial attacks:

"It is certainly something that I don't condone," said Brown when asked about the video. "The real offense is that (Warren) said she was white and then checked the box saying she is Native American, and then she changed her profile in the law directory once she made her tenure."

Watch all the clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

And Mediaite has a suggestion:

To the extent that it matters, the racism behind the Brown/Romney attacks is likely unintentional, springing from the fact that questions of race are completely beyond their experience, but if you doubt that racism, then all you have to do is inject that question into their experience. Neither Mitt Romney nor Scott Brown has ever had to prove they’re white. Maybe it’s time they produced some evidence that they’re not just “passing.” Would that national media sit silently if a U.S. Senator or presidential candidate asked either of these men to prove they’re not black, or Mexican, or even Native American? Maybe it’s time someone did ask. Papers, please.

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How Unpopular Is Mitt Romney In Massachusetts?

Scott_brownMitt Romney never expected to win his adopted home state of Massachusetts in November, despite having briefly governed it. Still, the degree to which he's not-winning MA must be a little painful. Yesterday, the Republican Sen. Scott Brown -- the former Cosmo centerfold who won Teddy Kennedy's seat in 2009, and who's currently locked in a hugely expensive, closely contested race with Democratic it-girl Elizabeth Warren -- began airing television ads in which he touts a seeming endorsement, not from his own party's presidential nominee, but from President Barack Obama.

The New York Times reports that the ad shows Barack Obama complimenting Scott Brown on his championing of a bill to stop insider trading in Congress. "Good job," the president tells Brown. For some reason, the ad hasn't yet appeared on Brown's website.

From the Times:

... in this state, Mr. Obama is so popular that candidates from both parties are trying to hitch their wagons to his star.

That approach would be unusual enough for a Democrat in a year in which many feel the need to distance themselves from the administration, but it is virtually unfathomable for a Republican. That both candidates are trying to leverage their ties to Mr. Obama underscores how popular the president is here and how unpopular his rival, Mitt Romney, is, even though he once served as the state’s governor. Mr. Obama is expected to carry Massachusetts overwhelmingly in November.

The Times reports that Brown has also aired ads touting his endorsement from various MA Democrats, including State Rep. Christopher G. Fallon.

Despite having on exactly one occasion praised Scott Brown, Barack Obama enthusiastically endorses his opponent, Mrs. Warren, who received a primetime speaking slot at last week's Democratic National Convention.

 


Boxer Micky Ward Pulls Scott Brown Endorsement Over Gay Rights

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Republican Scott Brown meant to hold an event today in which Micky Ward, the boxer who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie The Fighter, would throw his weight behind the Massachusetts Senator's reelection campaign.

Ward, however, pulled out at the last minute because, much to his chagrin, Brown does not support labor unions or marriage equality.

"I can’t support Scott Brown. I just can’t do it," said Ward about a half-hour after telling The Sun of Lowell he was backing the Republican. "I found out Scott (Brown) is anti-union and I’m a Teamster guy. I found out he’s also against gay marriage, and I say if you love someone, you should have the same rights no matter who you are.”

The Massachusetts senate race is one of the most-watched in the country. Brown, who replaced late Sen. Ted Kennedy, is going up against progressive Elizabeth Warren, a proponent of marriage equality. Though Warren was up in earlier polls, Brown has again pulled ahead. A Public Policy Polling survey released this week puts him about 5 points ahead of Warren.


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