Warren admits listing herself as Native American at Harvard, Penn

posted at 12:41 pm on May 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like the stonewalling strategy has failed for Elizabeth Warren, and now more questions about her honesty and integrity will arise.  The Boston Globe reports today that Warren has reversed her earlier position of ignorance on her listing as a Native American, admitting that she listed herself at both Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania after being hired:

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren acknowledged for the first time late Wednesday night that she told Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was Native American, but she continued to insist that race played no role in her recruitment.

“At some point after I was hired by them, I . . . provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,’’ she said in a statement issued by her campaign. “My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it.’’

Warren’s statement is her first acknowledgment that she identified herself as Native American to the Ivy League schools. While she has said she identified herself as a minority in a legal directory, she has carefully avoided any suggestion during the last month that she took further actions to promote her purported heritage.

When the issue first surfaced last month, Warren said she only learned Harvard was claiming her as a minority when she read it in the Boston Herald.

Warren’s new statement came after the Globe asked her campaign about documents it obtained Wednesday from Harvard’s library showing that the university’s law school began reporting a Native American female professor in federal statistics for the 1992-93 school year, the first year Warren worked at Harvard, as a visiting professor.

Earlier, I wrote that having the Boston Globe on the case was bad news for Warren.  The campaign could no longer ignore the story as an artifact of the Boston Herald, which first started asking questions about Warren’s long-time identification as a Native American at Harvard, and Harvard Law’s promotion of the pale Warren as their sole “woman of color” on the faculty.  When the Globe began digging up the contradictions, Warren had no option but to respond to it.

The attention to Warren’s claims in the Globe isn’t restricted to the news section, either.  Local columnist Brian McGrory blasted Warren for pretending that a claim to an employer of membership in a protected EEOC class was only for social interaction.  This issue may not be as newsworthy as taxes and economic policy, but integrity matters in public officials — and McGrory writes that this is entirely about integrity:

Of course, the stubbornly mediocre economy, fair taxes, the partisan rift that is swallowing Washington whole, these are all critical issues that should be discussed and debated almost every day in this US Senate campaign.

But let’s not ever lose sight of one true thing in this or any other political race: The most important issues are the candidates themselves, and more specifically, their integrity, credibility, and authenticity.

Which is why Elizabeth Warren’s Cherokee ancestry, almost certainly declared on federal forms by Warren herself and used by a pair of Ivy League universities to tout their diversity efforts, all without an ounce of proof that she has a drop of Indian blood flowing through her veins, matters. It matters a great deal.

Speaking as adults here, the elephant in the room is whether Warren wrongly claimed minority status to improve her prospects for being hired to teach at Harvard Law School, and before that, the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The more obvious question might even be, why else would she have done it? The public utterances of this uncommonly accomplished and otherwise eloquent candidate have so far ranged from lunacy to comedy, highlighted by her explanation about wanting to “meet others like me” and her recollection of an aunt describing her grandfather’s “high cheekbones.”

Now that Warren has admitted to telling a lie about how she got listed at both Harvard and Pennsylvania, the integrity questions will only intensify.  At some point, Massachusetts Democrats will start calling Vicki Kennedy for the Toricelli option.


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The more obvious question might even be, why else would she have done it?

Why, to get herself published in the Indian cookbook, of course.

petefrt on May 31, 2012 at 1:07 PM

You mean this cookbook? Hey, folks…it isn’t too late to write your own review of this ridiculous book. It’s fun and it’s free.

There are already 56 reviews written. Certainly we can get that number up over one hundred.

trapeze on May 31, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Is there a single person of integrity left in the Democratic Party?
Allendundit on May 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

No.

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Not possible. You can’t have integrity and be in the Democrat Party. Artur Davis developed some integrity and was therefore forced to declare that he is no a Republican. It’s an oil and water kind of thing. Oxymoronic.

trapeze on May 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM

You mean not a Democrat - right?

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Not possible. You can’t have integrity and be in the Democrat Party. Artur Davis developed some integrity and was therefore forced to declare that he is no a Republican. It’s an oil and water kind of thing. Oxymoronic.

trapeze on May 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Or now a Republican?

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Is there a single person of integrity left in the Democratic Party?
Allendundit on May 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Not possible. You can’t have integrity and be in the Democrat Party. Artur Davis developed some integrity and was therefore forced to declare that he is no a Republican. It’s an oil and water kind of thing. Oxymoronic.

trapeze on May 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM

If you stray, you get attacked, see Cory Booker. The socialists are firmly in control of the Demonrats now.

Gladtobehere on May 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

trapeze on May 31, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Yes – and many of you have done a very nice job with it.
Good stuff – the reviews – not the recipes…..

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Or now a Republican?

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Yeah, that was it. My bad.

But it’s true. You simply cannot have integrity and be a Democrat. They are polar opposites. Sure there are some Republicans without integrity but it’s not a Republican party plank or something that you have to check your decency and morality at the door.

trapeze on May 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Warren took a tomahawk
“I’m a Cherokee,” she’d squawk.
When asked for proof, or just a clue:
“It’s Family Lore™!” said she. “I’ll Sioux!”

Hmm… see what you mean about that hole…

de rigueur on May 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM

You’re almost there:

Warren took a tomahawk
“I’m a Cherokee,” she’d squawk.
When asked for proof, or just a clue:
“It’s Family Lore™!” “But next time I’ll be Sioux!”

Gladtobehere on May 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Anyone remember the youtube video of the cowboys herding cats?

They need to do one of those with Elizabeth Warren herding crabs over the Oklahoma plains.

trapeze on May 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

But it’s true. You simply cannot have integrity and be a Democrat. They are polar opposites. Sure there are some Republicans without integrity but it’s not a Republican party plank or something that you have to check your decency and morality at the door.

trapeze on May 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Yup – the ends justify the means – especially in the name of power. As dipsh!t Bloomberg in NY has just proved.

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Between Fauxcahontas, Bloomingidiotberg, and others – I’m SO glad I got away from the east coast.

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

They need to do one of those with Elizabeth Warren herding crabs over the Oklahoma plains.

trapeze on May 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

while braestfeeding the papoose on horseback?……

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM

“At some point after I was hired by them, I . . . provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,’’ she said in a statement issued by her campaign.

Date check….

Squaw Elizabeth Warren listed herself as a Native American in the 1986-1987 law directory.

She began working at University of Pennsylvania in 1987.

She was a Visiting Professor at Harvard beginning in 1992.

Assuming it took some time to print the law directory back in those pre-web days, Squaw Warren must have found and publicly declared her Cherokee roots BEFORE she was hired by either the University of Pennsylvania or Harvard.

Could somebody please hand Squaw Warren a calendar?

Her web of obvious lies is getting really embarrassing, even by Massachusetts standards.

wren on May 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM

wren on May 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Yes. If she had already declared herself a minority at Penn, and was listed publicly in their directory as a minority, then Harvard had to know about that BEFORE they hired her.

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Yes. If she had already declared herself a minority at Penn, and was listed publicly in their directory as a minority, then Harvard had to know about that BEFORE they hired her.

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Which means it WAS a factor in her being hired by Harvard.

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Is there a single person of integrity left in the Democratic Party?

This is an organization that’s promoted to America a presidential candidate whose publisher represented his birthplace as Kenya for fully 17 years; a Connecticut senatorial candidate who claimed to have served in the US military in Vietnam; and now a Massachusetts candidate who claims inside knowledge of Native American recipes based on heritage.

Democrats and leftists…please!

Allendundit on May 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Nope.

And you left several lying Democrats off of your list.

Let’s not forget these members of the Democrat Hall of Shame:

Bill Clinton – “depends what the meaning of the word is is”

Al Gore – who invented the internet and made a fortune on the global warming fraud he started.

John Edwards – who claimed his campaign staffer was the father of his love child

John Kerry – who told tall tales about his time in Vietnam and was exposed by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

Former Governor John Corzine – who doesn’t know where all that money went.

Golly gee! You would think that the other half of the U.S. voters would have figured out by now why they should never ever vote for a Democrat!

wren on May 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Slightly O/T, but still worth a chuckle:

http://freebeacon.com/warren-refuses-to-pay-her-fair-share-in-taxes/

Isn’t it a ton of fun to expose the hypocracy of these sanctimonious frauds?

SubmarineDoc on May 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM

http://freebeacon.com/warren-refuses-to-pay-her-fair-share-in-taxes/

Isn’t it a ton of fun to expose the hypocracy of these sanctimonious frauds?

SubmarineDoc on May 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Well then, Squaw Warren will be a great match with the other tax evading Massachusetts Senator, John Kerry.

Nantucket tax collector’s office said there was no record of any bills or payments in Kerry’s name despite his claim he paid the taxes owed in full.

http://www.wtam.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=104707&article=10161770

Massachusetts sure does have more than its fair share of sanctimonious frauds.

Please vote more carefully in the future, Massachusetts!

wren on May 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

You’re almost there:

Warren took a tomahawk
“I’m a Cherokee,” she’d squawk.
When asked for proof, or just a clue:
“It’s Family Lore™!” “But next time I’ll be Sioux!”

Gladtobehere on May 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Can’t resist the tweak:

Warren took a tomahawk
“I’m a Cherokee,” she’d squawk.
When asked for proof, or just a clue:
“It’s Family Lore™! Don’t make me Sioux!”

de rigueur on May 31, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I think that Fauxcahontas’ canoe might be taking on some water…..

row baby row!

ted c on May 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

This made me LOL!! too funny..

redlucy on May 31, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Now you’ve done it:

An Indian princess named Warren
Found proof of ancestry quite barren.
“Family Lore™, can’t you see,
Makes me part Cherokee.
You can tell by these cheek bones I’m wearin’!”

A professor of law squaw at Harvard
Based her Cherokee claim on a dotard.
“My Grammy, you see,
Said my cheek bones were key,
For proof more than that won’t be bothered.”

A Harvard Law prof name of Liz
For her spurious claims got the biz.
“I’m Cher’kee, says Grams!
I breast-feed in exams!
So why is my campaign going fizz!?

de rigueur on May 31, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I think that Fauxcahontas’ canoe might be taking on some water…..

row baby row!

ted c on May 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

This made me LOL!! too funny..

redlucy on May 31, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Don’t be too sure, she might chew him up and hang him out to dry.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2012 at 6:46 PM

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