Yesterday, Massachusetts Democrats closed ranks around Elizabeth Warren giving her more than 95% of the vote at the party’s state convention in Springfield.
The only other Democrat on the ballot was Marisa DeFranco, an immigration attorney. If DeFranco had received 15% of the vote then she would have faced off against Warren in a state primary in September. With Warren still in the throes of a scandal over her alleged Native American ancestry, some worried Democrats were starting to give DeFranco a second look. But Governor Deval Patrick subsequently endorsed Warren last week after previously vowing to stay neutral during the primary race.
As I’ve noted previously, it doesn’t appear Massachusetts voters care about Warren’s apparent lack of honesty and indeed she has pulled even in the polls with Scott Brown over the past several months. But in a new Boston Globe poll released shortly before the convention, 31% of independents surveyed indicated that Warren’s handling of this matter makes them less likely to vote for her in November.
I wonder if that number will climb in light of the fact that Warren now says she had disclosed her Native American ancestry to Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania after she had been hired when she had previously said she wasn’t aware of her status until she read it about in the Boston Herald. If Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania are in the practice of diversity hiring why would Warren disclose her Native American ancestry after she had been hired and not before. Mealy-mouthed statements like that guarantee that this matter will linger for sometime to come.
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