In Massachusetts, if you’re going to read one story on this race today take note of this piece in Politico reporting that top Democratic donors are backing Scott Brown. To the amazement of many in her party, Warren enters the fall home stretch against Republican Sen. Scott Brown behind in polls, trailing among independents and even failing to lock down her own party. The sharp-tongued consumer advocate and Harvard Law professor is struggling to connect with working-class swing voters, many of whom seem more comfortable with Brown and his middle-of-the-road, regular-guy persona. Her fierce criticism of Wall Street has sent some Democratic Bay State financial types scurrying into Brown’s camp, too….Bruce Percelay, a longtime Democratic donor and close friend of Sen. John Kerry, is making a rare trek across party lines to support Brown. Percelay plans to work for Kerry’s reelection in 2014 and has given tens of thousands of dollars to Reps. Ed Markey and Mike Capuano as well as the national Democratic Party. But earlier this year Percelay gave $3,250 to Brown. “Elizabeth Warren is not someone who I can comfortably wrap my arms around,” he said. “Not everyone is willing to express it, but [Brown] is the perfect Massachusetts Republican. He’s socially moderate and fiscally conservative and not a strong ideologue. People are very comfortable with that.” In an interview, he said he was unsettled by the controversy surrounding Warren’s claim to Cherokee heritage and her hot rhetoric on economic disparity.
- And the embattled Harvard Professor also finds herself under fire from fellow Democrats as Native American delegates to the DNC Convention in Charlotte demand a meeting with her this week – and as yet, Warren has refused to respond. The Boston Herald reports, Elizabeth Warren can’t escape her Cherokee heritage controversy even at this gathering of loyal Democrats, as a contingent of skeptical American Indian delegates – including the great-grandson of Geronimo – are inviting Warren to a meeting tomorrow to explain her ancestry claims. “I think she owes us that, she owes the Native American community here at least that,” said Stephen Lewis, a member of the Gila River Indian community….”If you’re going to claim that you are American Indian and a descendant of some Native nation then you have to represent,” said Sharon Stewart-Peregoy, a Montana state senator and member of the Crow Nation. “You have to step up and bring those (American Indian) issues forward. That’s what it’s all about.”
- Speaking of fellow Democrats not backing her campaign, the Herald also reports that Boston Mayor Tom Menino is still refusing to endorse Warren. Hub Mayor Thomas M. Menino had yet another wonderful opportunity to endorse Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren at this morning’s Greater Boston Labor Council breakfast, but Boston’s longest-serving boss demurred, instead focusing on the election in general and jabbing at national Republicans…So far, Menino has remained on the sidelines of the Bay State’s contentious and closely watched Senate race, which pits Warren against GOP Sen. Scott Brown. Despite Massachusetts’ blue-state leanings, Brown has managed to hold his own in polls.
- And driving all of this home, Warren’s problems with fellow Democrats was a topic of conversation on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning. Please watch below….
- Meanwhile, Scott Brown penned an op-ed for the Boston Herald where he reminds voters that he consistently reaches across the aisle to get things done in Washington. I was honored to be named by Congressional Quarterly as one of the most bipartisan senators in the country. Whatever else separates us, we’re all Americans first. During these challenging times, we need to work cooperatively to create jobs and get this economy moving again. Over and over again, I hear from voters they are tired of the shrill partisan voices in Washington that contribute to deadlock and dysfunction. My proudest moments as a senator have been those times when I stood with President Obama as he signs into law bipartisan legislation that I have sponsored. My goal is not to score political points but to get things done. My motto is a good idea is a good idea, regardless of whether it’s a Republican idea or a Democratic idea.