Poll Results: Readers Speak Out About Brown/Warren Controversies

Indian claim stirs outrage among some Patch readers against US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

The controversy over US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's claim to be part Native American is not going over well with Patch readers in the Greater Boston area, according to an .

As of Thursday morning 52 percent of the 304 Patch readers who took our unscientific poll said they believe US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is more of a hypocrite than incumbent Republican US Senator Scott Brown.

Meanwhile some 19 percent who took the poll said they believe Brown is more of a hypocrite for voting against President Barack Obama's health care law while taking advantage of a key provision in it: the provision that allows him to keep his elder daughter on his congressional health insurance plan.

30 Comments Left on May 3 Article

Comments posted on the May 3 article, which ran on Patch sites in Boston's South End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, as well as in Somerville, Medford, Malden, Melrose, Stoneham and Wakefield, also favored Brown over Warren.

"Leave Pinocchio-hontas alone," said , who also went on to call her a "shameless box checker." 

"...Checking off the affirmative action box that she is a Native American because her grandmother told her she had high cheekbones pretty much sums up the Democrat Party and Democrat voters," added . "Even for Massachusetts Democrats she is an embarrassment."

However, many readers also supported Warren. 

"I'm a Warren supporter, because I see her as a fighter for the things that matter to me, like protecting the middle class, which has been under assault for too long," said . "Her record of being a strong voice for economic and financial accountability for Wall Street is clear and long- standing. There are too many champions of big business in the Senate already."

 wrote, "If Warren is not voted in, it will be sad for the 99% of this great nation. Republicans don't care about the little people. That is a fact."

'We have the best government money will buy'

Still others were more diplomatic. Some 15 percent of those who took our poll checked off the box that said neither candidate are hypocrites, "It's just politics as usual." And some 12 percent said they believe both candidates are hypocrites.

 summed up the view of many political cynics or political realists (depending on your view): 

"The "Profiles in Courage" approach to American democracy died long ago. We have the best government that money can buy. Each of us is entitled to our own opinions, but we are not entitled to our own facts. You cannot win a major national election (e.g. every Senate race) without money, no matter which party you support.

"Having cared for a number of America's elite politicians for a decade at Bethesda Naval Hospital, I trust none. One of my colleagues who will remain unnamed said that he trusted only one politician in Washington. Later, that politician was convicted of perjury.

"Why do you think a billion dollars will be spent on this presidential election? Money buys access, and access buys policy. Those are the facts."

Mark May 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM
You liberals need to get over "she's for the middle class" nonsense. She's for Lizzy. Its like when a town needs more money for schools and they claim "its for the children". Rubbish! Its to pad the pockets and pensions of public employee unions. Lizzy is just another Communist carpetbagger, like Deval, who thinks you need to work 10 months out of the year to pay for their "Communist State" instead of the 5 months you work now. Pretty soon these Communist Democrats will have your employer send Beacon Hill your check and they'll give you an allowance. Pinochio-hantas is a fraud!
Richie M May 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM
You wouldn't be refering to the same EVIL Wall Street whose donations Liz Warren's campaign accepts? I bet when Liz said ; "I do accept Wall Street donations, but I only accept money from the good people on Wall Street" you breathed a big sigh of relief.
Helena Starke August 31, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Hip Hip Hooray !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jay K. August 31, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Thank you for this. I'm also at a complete loss to understand why this could possibly even matter. I'm a Warren supporter, and I'm as prone to bias as anyone else. But having done the very simple thought experiment - 'would I make a big deal about this if it was Brown?' - I feel very comfortable saying that I cannot in any way understand these reactions. Why are we not talking about voting record and positions? Why doesn't that seem to matter to the people that get so angry about this?
Jay K. August 31, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Why does that matter Richie? Brown accepts a whole lot of money from Wall Street (in fact, that's where he gets most of his money: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00031174), then supports Wall Street with his vote in the Senate. Elizabeth Warren has a solid history trying to put sensible regulation in place to prevent Wall Street abuses. If they want to give her money to get in the Senate and propose regulations to reign them in, why in the hell wouldn't she take it?


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