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War Whoops Heard In 2nd Video Of Brown Campaigning

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren accepts the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts in South Boston Wednesday. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren accepts the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts in South Boston Wednesday. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

BOSTON — A second video has surfaced showing Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown speaking to supporters while war whoops can be heard in the background.

The whoops, apparently from a lone supporter, escalate as Brown criticizes Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native American heritage.

Brown doesn’t react in the brief clip. It’s not clear that Brown even heard the person.

The video, recorded at a Republican fundraiser in Chatham over the summer, was posted by the Democrat-leaning Blue Mass Group Wednesday.

At a news conference in South Boston Wednesday, where she received the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, Warren said she’s “appalled” at the video.

The principal chief of the 310,000-member Cherokee Nation Bill John Baker, a Democrat, called the video “offensive and downright racist.”

The National Congress of American Indians called the video “extremely disturbing,” but also faulted Warren for allowing the public discourse about her Native American identity to become misrepresented. Warren has been unable to document her heritage.

On Tuesday Blue Mass Group posted another video showing staff members for Brown and the state Republican Party shouting war whoops and performing tomahawk chops.

Brown said he doesn’t condone the actions.

The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts represents 12,000 firefighters.

Brown, too, announced the endorsement of a public safety union Tuesday, albeit a smaller one: the Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition, which represents 1,500 police officers.

With reporting by The Associated Press and WBUR’s Fred Thys

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  • lana Owens

    This is just as ugly as Brown questioning Warren’s heritage and offering up her looks as evidence.   I too am part native American (1/8).  I look 100% Scottish and my grandmother, at 50% looks 100% Mic Mac.  Could I prove my heritage? Absolutely not.  Although I can go back to the revolution on my paternal line with my Scottish ancestry, the Mic Mac side of the paternal line ends about 1860 with no last name for the “alleged” squaw who married a settler named MC Kinley. 
    And, by the way, though I have never claimed my heritage to any personal benefit, when filing out applications for employment, I have always asked if that information was important to them and without fail I have always been told to say yes for the record.

    Why is all of this nit-picking important to the election?

    • Concerned Voter

       It is important because it reflects a candidates ability to tell the truth. Who is Elizabeth Warren?, The flipper of foreclosed properties,  the defender of insurance companies against the “little guy”, and the “professor who teaches ONE class for 350,000 dollars/year (but an advocate for affordable education???

      She pimps herself as the advocate for the aaverage person and an advocate for education. Seems to me she is putting to those whose homes have been foreclosed on, making sure that same “little guy” can’t get a reasonable settlement from an insurance company, and milking the education system for all she can. That tells me Warren is not only dishonest but hypocritical as well.

      • Concerned citizen of Mass

        You do not know for certain she “lied” when checking the box. You are stating the opposite of her accomplishments. She is far more qualified than brown and much more deserving of holding office. Her actions prove her worth and browns inaction proves his. I will be voting for warren with 100% confidence in her ability to uphold the senate seat, as the first woman in Massachusetts history.

  • Joealbiani

    The Boston Herald and Howie Carr are obsessed with this stupid issue and Brown has nothing else to say evidently, so he goes with it.

  • Concerned citizen of mass

    This is completely childish behavior. What an insult to the Indian community. Know one knows if she intentionally lied. I don’t think she did. It’s such a small issue and takes away from where the conversation needs to be which is who is more qualified and competent. Brown is inactive, lacks respect for women and is an arrogant ass. He is an insult to the seat in question.

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