US Senator Scott Brown, eager to keep the controversy over Elizabeth Warren’s Native American identity alive, today called on the Democrat to authorize her employers to release her job applications.
“Her changing stories, contradictions, and refusal to answer legitimate questions have cast doubt on her credibility and called into question the diversity practices at Harvard,’’ the senator said in a statementTuesday.
Warren’s spokeswoman, Alethea Harney, accused Brown of creating a distraction, and repeated the campaign’s contention that Brown is serving the interests of Wall Street.
“Once again, Republican Senator Brown is shamelessly attempting to divert attention from his record on the issues that really matter in this election, like the cost of student loans,’’ Harney said in a statement. “Minutes after Scott Brown voted with his Republican party to double interest rates on student loans, he ridiculously attacked Elizabeth Warren with questions that have already been answered.’’
In a separate news release, Warren personally criticized Brown for his vote to preserve a Republican filibuster against the extension of student loan rates at their current 3.4 percent rate. On July 1, they’re scheduled to go up to 6.8 percent.
“Scott Brown made it clear today whose side he stands on when he joined his fellow Republicans in the Senate to defeat a bill that would have prevented interest rates on student loans from doubling,’’ Warren said.
Brown released a proposal Monday to extend the rates for one year, but nonetheless stuck with his party to thwart the Democratic proposal. Republicans oppose the Democrats’ method of paying for the loan rate extension, which depends on a change in tax law that requires all wealthy Medicare and Social Security beneficiaries to pay taxes on those benefits.
Brown’s statement on the Native American issue is the most aggressive the senator has personally been amid questions about whether Warren’s claim boosted her career advancement. She has denied that, as have officials at Harvard Law School, where she has most recently taught.
Last week, the senator cast himself as an outside observer to the issue, even as many strong statements were released under the name of either campaign staffers or Republican Party officials.
“Serious questions have been raised about the legitimacy of Elizabeth Warren’s claims to Native American ancestry and whether it was appropriate for her to assume minority status as a college professor,’’ Brown wrote Tuesday.
Brown called on Warren “to authorize the release of her law school applications and all personnel files from the various universities where she has taught.’’ Brown noted that he released “hundreds of pages of confidential employment records relating to my 32-year career in the National Guard.’’