When I was a little girl, I learned
about my family's heritage the same way everyone else does -- from my parents
My mother, grandmother, and aunts
were open about my family's Native American heritage, and I never had
any reason to doubt them. What kid asks their grandparents for legal
documentation to go along with their family stories? What kid asks
their mother for proof in how she describes herself?
My heritage is a part of who I am
-- and I am proud of it.
But that's not good enough for
Scott Brown and the Republican Party. For several weeks now, they have
orchestrated an attack against my family, my job qualifications, and my
character. Earlier today, Scott Brown even questioned the honesty of my
parents -- even though they are not fair game and are not here to
Scott Brown wants me to give up my
family and forget where I came from. I'm not doing that -- not for
politics and not for anything else. I'll hold on to every memory I can.
My family is part of who I am, and they will be part of who I am until
Despite evidence to the contrary,
Scott Brown also claims I got special breaks because of my background.
That's not true, and I need your help to fight back:
people involved in recruiting and hiring me for my teaching jobs,
including Harvard professor Charles Fried -- the solicitor-general
under Ronald Reagan and a Scott Brown voter in 2010 -- have said
unequivocally they were not aware of my heritage and that it
played no role in my hiring.
did not benefit from my heritage when applying to college or law
school, and documents reporters have examined prove it.
let people know about my Native American heritage in a national
directory of law school personnel. At some point after they hired
me, I also provided that information to the University of
Pennsylvania and Harvard.
I decided to run for the U.S. Senate
because the middle class in this country has been hacked at and
hammered at and because Washington doesn't get it.
Scott Brown has a very different
vision about who we are as a people, and he votes to make sure the
levers of power in Washington continue to work for the big, the
powerful and the wealthy.
If everyone in Massachusetts knew
where Scott Brown stands on the important issues, voters wouldn't give
him a second term in the U.S. Senate. You know that, I know that, and
he knows that, too.
That's why he has worked so hard to
make this campaign about anything else -- even my heritage. It's why
his campaign spends so little time on what Massachusetts voters are
really concerned about.
On Election Day, we will prevail
because our vision is clearer and our ideas are stronger. We are
focused on the issues important to middle class families, and our
grassroots team will make sure everyone knows about those issues. I
need your help to keep fighting the smears, spread the truth, and help
us organize to win.