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Sen. Scott Brown's decision to center his campaign almost entirely on Elizabeth Warren's claim of Native-American heritage has earned him the opposition of Boston's African-American ministers, who have lined up with Elizabeth Warren.
Some of Boston’s most prominent African-American ministers put their support behind Elizabeth Warren Thursday and denounced Senator Scott Brown’s attacks on her purported Native American heritage, saying the issue has become a divisive distraction from more pressing concerns about poverty and violence. [...]

“It’s a dead issue,” said the Rev. Jeffrey Brown, executive director of the Boston TenPoint Coalition, a group of ministers that seeks to ­reduce youth violence. “I know that, as the commercials continue to roll, I cringe. It’s an issue that has no relevance to things that I care about.”

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who also attended the event at Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, accused Brown of trying to divide the electorate, while Governor Deval ­Patrick, in a television interview, called Brown a “Bay State birther,” an allusion to the conspiracy theory about President Obama’s birthplace. [...]

“Scott Brown, throughout this campaign, has taken on an issue that I think is very derogatory to” Warren and her claims to Native American heritage, said Menino, who stood with Warren and about a half-dozen ministers. “Elected officials take on those issues because they’ve got nothing else to say. It’s about dividing people.”

Even an African-American activist who is a Brown supporter and was tapped to respond to this endorsement had veiled criticism for Brown for continuing to flog this issue. Rev. Talbert W. Swan II, president of the Springfield chapter of the NAACP, said, "I’m hoping in the last 30 days we can focus on some of the issues of concern for the residents of the Commonwealth, as opposed to getting hung up on one issue, especially if it’s concerning someone’s heritage. [...] I think both Senator Brown and professor Warren are above that.”

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Brown's one-note negative campaign might just be wearing on voters, too. Another poll released yesterday, a private one for a Boston-based consulting and research firm, gives Warren a four-point edge, 48 percent to 44 percent among likely voters. Back in April, this same poll had Brown leading by 14.

Brown, with very little else to campaign on (the Supreme Court certainly isn't going to be an option for him!) isn't likely to give up this attack on Warren, no matter what some of his supporters ask of him. This is probably only going to get uglier.

Please donate $3 to Elizabeth Warren on ActBlue.

Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM PT: Late update. Rev. Talbert Swan tweets to me the clarification that he has not endorsed anyone in this race.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:01 AM PDT.

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  •  Brown's sneering use of (28+ / 0-)

    "Professor" also irks the hell out of me.  I wish someone (not Warren) would ask the blue collar folks in MA who would love for their kids to go to college:  "Would you rather have your son or daughter be motivated by highly educated professors or someone who has more love for his pickup truck than educators of your children?"

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:09:22 AM PDT

    •  He can't sneer her for being a lawyer (15+ / 0-)

      During the recent debate, he got cornered into admitting that he's a lawyer himself, and a small-time one at that. ("For a couple of local banks...I work out of my house." Wow.) For a tall strapping guy, he sure keeps shrinking.

      •  ..."getting Uglier.?? (7+ / 0-)
        Brown, ...isn't likely to give up this attack on Warren, ...
        ...This is probably only going to get uglier.
        What are you talking about?
        With Warren leading, 48 percent to 44 percent among likely voters,
        and her lead increasing with every round of polls,

        I d say it's getting rather Pretty.

        "I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was." Mittens

        by olo on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:12:39 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Poverty (1+ / 0-)
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          Inequality has its roots in stealing the land we built the USA on from the Natives.

          In 1500, Columbus casually wrote about it in his log. He said: "A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand."

          What are people doing for Columbus day in Mass?

        •  "Here comes the Sun..." (1+ / 0-)
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          Loose Fur

          Da da da da, here comes the Sun, and I say "It's all right" ba da da da da da...

          Nice Sunny day here is Boston. Things are looking up :)

          "There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth." -- Niels Bohr

          by paxpi on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:48:12 AM PDT

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      •  Speaking of being a lawyer (0+ / 0-)

        Has he been continuing private practice work while a U.S. Senator? If so, is that allowed under Senate ethics guidelines? I thought it wasn't.

    •  I'd Like To Think... (10+ / 0-)

      ...that the professor would win that round, but one should never underestimate the level of anti-intellectualism that exists in this country.

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:55:53 AM PDT

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      •  p.t. barnum was right. (3+ / 0-)
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        Mike08, RoIn, mcmom
        but one should never underestimate the level of anti-intellectualism that exists in this country.
        there has always existed a certain level of schizophrenia in this country, with respect to well educated people. on the one hand, we're happy to benefit from their accomplishments, on the other, their assumed condescension towards the unwashed masses pisses off the unwashed masses. this is what the republicans bank on. palin is a classic example, she takes pride in her ignorance, and attempts to spread suspicion about those who strive to become educated and aware.
        •  Rick Santorium Is Another One (2+ / 0-)
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          Loose Fur, mcmom

          Remember how he said the President was a "snob" because he wanted people to go to college?

          “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

          by RoIn on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 12:39:52 PM PDT

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        •  Never overestimate the intelligence (0+ / 0-)

          of the average voter, I have always said. But then, I live in Idaho.

          I think, therefore I am. I think.

          by mcmom on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:37:46 PM PDT

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    •  I think that's... (1+ / 0-)
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      ..meant more for the national Tea Party base, who sees Brown as a hero.  If he sneers at the profs, his celebration of ignorance sends a surge of excitement throughout Tea Party Nation.  

      If Brown craps on the professors (& MA is full of them), then that means Tea Party sects in Texas, Alabama & Alaska are going to send Brown money.

      FOX News = where David Axelrod spends his every Sunday morning legitimizing the illegitimate.

      by wyvern on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:00:58 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly... (3+ / 0-)
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      Mike08, Loose Fur, gchaucer2 is ridiculous that someone who has put in the work to get a good education and teaches at the post-secondary level should somehow be derided so.

      I mean, is the electorate that envious of a woman who has been successful at such a high level? I guess we will find out soon enough.

  •  Must be some mistake....Dems are divisive. (2+ / 0-)
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  •  So what's the sense on the ground in Mass.? (8+ / 0-)

    I get the impression that the race has been trending away from Brown. That the what the polls seem to say. With a big Obama win there, I can't believe he won't help bring Warren over the finish line - if that's needed.

    •  Your impression sems to be an accurate one (8+ / 0-)

      from what I'm hearing.  Brown's nastiness in the last debate (which I didn't see) was not appriciated by many people.  

      In addition there are labor walks into working-class neighborhoods scheduled from now until election.   Most people will give more credence to a peer that to some political pundit.

      "Now go out there and make me do it!" - Franklin Roosevelt

      by brae70 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:38:50 AM PDT

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    •  Belief is that Warren's ground game (1+ / 0-)
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      Minnesota Deb

      is considerably superior to Brown's. That will matter, because it's as important to get out the Democratic vote as it is to be ahead in the polls. Word I heard last time around is that Menino's organization didn't do anything to help Coakley; now he's actively campaigning for her, as are the unions. That really matters around here.

      There's a lot of enthusiasm and excitement in our local campaign office and a great deal of activity.

      At the debate in Lowell, Warren supporters outnumbered Brown's both inside the Tsongas arena and out.

      I'm curious how the Scalia comment will show in polls, if at all. I have to believe that will hurt him.

  •  I'm excited to vote for Warren (10+ / 0-)

    So sick of having dirtbag Brown representing me in the Senate.

  •  For any of you... (4+ / 0-)
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    Tamar, lirtydies, sethtriggs, Mike08

    ..who keep up with the Twitter world, please post Scott Brown's tweet on the job numbers being a liberal conspiracy meant to undermine Romney fantastic debate performance.

    I'm know it out there.  I just don't follow Twitter.

    FOX News = where David Axelrod spends his every Sunday morning legitimizing the illegitimate.

    by wyvern on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:53:48 AM PDT

  •  Life-Long Baystater (5+ / 0-)
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    Tamar, pademocrat, Mike08, JBraden, luckylizard

    and I can say most of us are not alright with race-baiting.  Scottie can't be gone soon enough.

    Don't confuse my lack of religion for a lack of spirituality.

    by Mxwll on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:54:00 AM PDT

  •  black ministers (6+ / 0-)

    know racism when they see it and its a good thing to call it out, it will get uglier from gop sen brown because when you look in the dictionary under ugly you see a face of a republican to make the visual point.

  •  He's an political idiot who's thrown away his (4+ / 0-)
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    Tamar, sethtriggs, Mike08, luckylizard

    strongest card. Nobody will ever again use the words "nice," "normal," "like me" or "bipartisan" about him.


    We've been wondering how to get through the clutter and reach low-information voters. Mitt haz it.

    by Crashing Vor on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:56:18 AM PDT

  •  OT Breaking: O+5 in Gallup 7-day Tracker (2+ / 0-)
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    pademocrat, JBraden

    Since the debate, Obama has increased his lead over Romney by one point, to O+5. Obama's approval is still at 52%.

    Why did the Washington Post hire Bellatrix LeStrange? And why did she change her name to Jennifer Rubin?

    by NoFortunateSon on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:02:58 AM PDT

  •  I hope this doesn't sound stupid, but.. (3+ / 0-)
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    that never stopped me before. if I were in Ms. Warren's position, I might consider having gene mapping (pardon me if the term is inaccurate) done anonymously. Although I have read that it isn't a flawless indicator, if it showed a high probability of Native American ancestry, it would be a great slap-down.

    Now, i certainly agree with what Prof. Warren has said about the non-issue, and yes, Brown is clinging to it because he doesn't think he has a chance in a fair contest. It just strikes me that if she could do that, and then say, let's move on to your voting record, it would be great political theater, and a fine source of humor.

    •  If Kos's Hate Mail-Palooza pal George Rockwell (0+ / 0-)

      can discover that he is part Jewish by having DNA testing done, probably it could provide Warren with the ammo to shut Brown up for good.

      I'm planning to have it done to answer my own questions about my suspected Native American ancestry.

      On the other hand, why should she feel compelled to drop $299 to prove something that shouldn't be an issue in the first place.

      Inside of me are two dogs. One is mean and evil. The other is gentle and good. The two dogs fight all the time. Which dog wins? The one I feed the most.

      by bakeneko on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 12:42:12 PM PDT

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    •  Not sure that could be done (2+ / 0-)
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      bakeneko, mcmom

      in time for the election (but maybe I'm wrong).  I doubt it would do much though...her supporters will support her no matter what, and the Herald devotees and Howie Carr apostles will just say "you could have faked that."

      A Warren gene map is the Massachusetts version of an Obama birth certificate.

    •  No. (1+ / 0-)
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      Enough of this already. As a Massachusetts voter I AM SICK TO DEATH OF THIS and polls show that the vast majority of voters say it's not affecting how they vote.

      The people who care about this will not be persuaded by any kind of facts. These are the same people who will argue that the employment numbers are manipulated if they don't happen to be what they want them to be. Deval Patrick is correct, these people are 'Bay State Birthers.' Has producing Obama's birth certificate quieted them?

  •  How many JOBS BILLS did Brown vote against? (1+ / 0-)
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    Guess Scott would rather talk about Warren while wearing halloween warpaint huh

    "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

    by KnotIookin on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:14:16 AM PDT

  •  A member of the NAACP supports Brown? (2+ / 0-)
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    pademocrat, luckylizard

    god, that organization annoys me.  (I'm black by the way - not that it should matter).  

  •  also read lynne1's diary on the open letter (1+ / 0-)
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    to brown from MA asbestos workers union, here.

    * Join: OBAMA'S TRUTH TEAM * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:33:56 AM PDT

  •  good for the ministers. however, i am (0+ / 0-)

    rather surprised that rev. swan II, president of the springfield chapter of the NAACP, would be a brown supporter. what, exactly, is it about brown that would cause rev. swan II to support him? i think his congregation, and the membership of that NAACP chapter would be interested in knowing that, since the republican platform is wholly antithetical to that of the NAACP. this might have some bearing on rev. swan II's continued presidency of that chapter.

    brown has exposed himself as a racist, by virtue of his attacks on prof. warren's native american ancestory. he's also exposed himself as a hypocrite, by virtue of his snearing references to her "elitism" as a college prof., while he himself is a lawyer. apparently, he isn't much of a lawyer, by comparison to prof. warren, and i'd sooner have my daughter emulate prof. warren, than a loser like brown.

    ask yourself this: who would you rather have representing you, in a personal injury/consumer fraud case, brown or warren? i believe the answer is self-evident.

  •  The reason why a lot of folks think (1+ / 0-)
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    that Republicans are rather isolated and ignorant in their ideas is because of their disdain for education.  Education, especially collegiate, is seen as libertine for a group of people who are locked within a rigid, authoritarian system.  All they want is order and someone to look up to.

    Republicans fear what they can't control. Anyone outside of their narrow sphere of influence who gets an education is a threat to their closed-minded world.  After all, a person who knows the GOP ideology and how it works can't play dead and roll over when the Teabaggers and other RW sycophants come to town.  Furthermore, through education a person becomes more embracing of diversity and culture.

    So, I'm not surprised by Brown's attitude.  He's rather shallow and lacks the depth of someone who is truly an erudite individual.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:39:57 AM PDT

  •  Hizzah for black minister, can I have an amen? (1+ / 0-)
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    Selfish people can't wedge us apart if we learn to stick together.  

    We old folks do Not want the next generations robbed of safety net of Social Security/Medicare.    It is the one thing our abusive spouses and/or moneychangers cannot rob from us.  Now THAT is a private account.  

    We want to provide them with schools and infrastructure like someone else bought for us in our youth.

    Next I would like to get black and other ministers to support concept that equal rights for women --->  must not be killed by one drop of sperm.   And that god did NOT order that unlike races must not marry ---- and that he did NOT order that like genders must not marry.   Unless we all matter, no one does.

    Pardon Big Bird --- there is a real person inside those feathers.
    Don't let Mitt pluck his job to China.

    Repatriate Mittmoney --- bring it home to America.

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:41:34 AM PDT

  •  Hypothetically, if Warren wins and then (0+ / 0-)

    in December Obama announces that John Kerry is the next Secretary of State, does Brown try to pull a Kent Conrad?  Who's likely to be the Democrat sent against him, if he did?

  •  Republicans can't stop sneering (0+ / 0-)

    What did he have for sneering? Republicans need the cheap shot, the personal remarks that moms tell you not to make. Why? It brands you as a bully. And rude, stupid, mean, and unattractive. Republicans can't help themselves.

    Anyone watch the unwatched WA-Gov debate the night before the presidential? Republican McKenna couldn't stop himself from sneering at Jay Inslee in a very unattractive manner.

    start at 11:40
    JAY INSLEE vs ROBERT McKENNA Washington Gubernatorial Debate

    “My first choice is a strong consumer agency,” she said. “My second choice is no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor.”

    by mrobinson on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 12:34:23 PM PDT

  •  Ministers endorse as private citizens? (0+ / 0-)

    It's still amazing that Brown would continue this racist line of attack.  But I will say, as a church-state separationist, I hope these ministers are not endorsing from the pulpit.

  •  "professor?" (1+ / 0-)
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    When this becomes an insult, we are headed down the  "slippery slope" that conlibertarians are always braying about.  Anti-intellectualism never turns out well.  If someone's argument turns out to be intellectually bankrupt, that's one thing, but expertise is not the culprit.  I hate to do it, but... Pol Pot?... Kristallnacht?... Stalinist purges?  My dad was a professor: he wasn't right about everything, but in his field, I'd take his word over any amateur, any day.  Especially if my future depended on it.

    the best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity

    by mailman27 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:33:09 PM PDT

  •  Impressive amount of DKosers are (0+ / 0-)

    contributing to Elizabeth. Way to go!

    I think, therefore I am. I think.

    by mcmom on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:35:50 PM PDT

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