Warren never questioned story of her background

Greg Nash

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she never questioned her family’s description of her Native American heritage while growing up, the Massachusetts Democrat writes in a new book reviewed by the Boston Globe. 

In A Fighting Chance, the memoir set for release next week, Warren briefly wrote about the controversy, which dogged her on the 2012 campaign trail after it was reported she made the assertion previously in her professional career without documentation to back it up. 

{mosads}“As a kid, I had learned about my Native American background the same way every kid learns about who they are: from family,” she wrote, according to The Globe. “I never questioned my family’s stories or asked my parents for proof or documentation. What kid would?”

She said that was pretty common in Oklahoma where she grew up, “Knowing who you are is one thing and proving who you are is another.”

Her opponent during the race — Republican Scott Brown, who is now running for the Senate in New Hampshire — hammered her on the issue at the time.

“I never asked for special treatment when I applied to college, to law school, or for jobs,” she wrote in the book, similar to comments she made during the campaign.  

Warren also wrote about her struggle with the Obama administration to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that she helped create. Republicans at the time vowed to block her nomination so the administration resisted nominating her, selecting, instead, Richard Cordray, who now heads the CFPB. 

She described an instance in which an unnamed Obama aide suggested Warren could serve as “cheerleader” for the agency while Obama nominated someone else for the post. 

“I assume that was meant as a metaphor, but I had to wonder: Cheerleader?” Warren wrote. “Would the same suggestion have been made to a man in my position? I did not rush out to buy pom-poms.”

At another point, Obama told her “You’re jamming me, Elizabeth.”

During a meeting with Obama’s economic adviser Larry Summers, she said she was warned she could either be an insider or an outsider. 

“Insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders,” Warren wrote. “I had been warned.”

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