Mass. GOP chairman assails Warren, Harvard
Says Democrat misled university
By Glen Johnson
| Globe Staff May 07, 2012
"'"The chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party has laid out a stinging indictment of Elizabeth Warren, saying Senator Scott Brown’s projected Democratic opponent in this fall’s election appears to have perpetrated academic fraud on Harvard University.
Robert Maginn, in a three-page letter Sunday to Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust, said Warren may have deceived the school that hired her to teach law by unjustly claiming Native American heritage. The chairman demanded an investigation.
Warren has cited family lore, and a genealogist has outlined a connection that would make her 1/32 Native American, but Harvard and the other law schools that previously employed her said the professor’s heritage was not a factor in her hiring.
“The problem is that Ms. Warren is not a Native American. She is Caucasian,’’ said Maginn, himself a Harvard graduate.“Despite her insistence that she is an American Indian based upon ‘family lore’ and her observation that some in her family had ‘high cheekbones like all the Indians do,’ she has failed to produce a single shred of evidence to substantiate her claim.’’
Maginn added:“Failing a thorough investigation, Ms. Warren’s actions will make a mockery of Harvard’s eloquently expressed commitment to diversity.’’
Maginn also suggested Harvard itself may have some legal or ethical exposure in the case."