By Christine McConville
A day after closing doors on a Herald reporter’s questions, Elizabeth Warren and her campaign yesterday declined to answer questions about her purported Native American heritage and whether she supports affirmative action, instead issuing the same statement they have released whenever questioned about her minority claims.
“There are real issues middle class families are dealing with every day and that’s where Elizabeth is focused,” Warren spokeswoman Alethea Harney told the Herald. “It’s time to focus on the important issues facing Massachusetts. Republican Sen. Scott Brown is trying to distract people from his voting record for Wall Street, big oil and big increases in student loans.”
Brown spokesman Colin Reed said, “Our advice is to just tell the truth. It never looks good when candidates are running from reporters.”
Boston University political historian Thomas Whalen said Warren, in refusing to answer tough questions, is doing what scores of other politicians have done. “She’s playing a basic political game here. When dealing with a controversy, you ignore it all together.”
The Warren campaign did not respond yesterday to Herald questions about the candidate’s own claims of minority status, whether Warren supports minority preferences in higher education and employment and whether those preferences should be granted to people who lack documented minority status and lack a background of hardship related to minority status