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    “Someone tried to pull a Warren in AZ”

    “Someone tried to pull a Warren in AZ”

    “To pull a Warren”

    I think we have us a new — what’s the word — descriptor for falsely claiming minority status.

    Via The Daily Caller:

    A Democratic congressional candidate in Arizona is facing questions about why she is mysteriously and falsely being listed as a Hispanic in a prominent Latino group’s directory of officeholders.

    This could be problematic for the candidate, Kyrsten Sinema, because the National Association of Latino Elected (NALEO) and Appointed Officials claims it verifies the information with the officeholders before going to print.

    The revelation that NALEO’s 2011 “National Directory of Latino Elected Officials” lists Sinema, a former Democratic state senator, as a Hispanic first surfaced Monday on the website of the Phoenix New Times.

    Sinema spokesman Rodd McCleod denied that the candidate self-identified as a Latina. “It’s not our mistake,” McCleod told the Phoenix New Times. “It’s NALEO’s mistake.”

    But a NALEO official told the outlet that the information came from Sinema or her office. “We rely heavily on self-identification,” NALEO’s Rosalind Gold said.

    This is similar not only to the law faculty directory as to which Warren admits filling out forms as Native American which put her on the list of “Minority Law Teachers,” but also the verification method used by the Harvard Women’s Law Journal which put Warren on the list of “Women of Color in Legal Academia.”

    Bonus question: Will ethnic fraud by a Democrat matter more in Arizona than in Massachusetts?


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    DavidJackSmith | July 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    “She has also raised eye brows with comments, including her admission in 2003 that she once partook in a “pagan” dance during an anti-war protest rally.”

    So.. unlike the unfortunate and much maligned Christine O’Donnell…


      Dagwood in reply to DavidJackSmith. | July 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      DC also notes that if elected she would be the first openly bisexual member of Congress. So maybe she thought that bisexual means she is both a blonde light-skinned caucasian AND Latina?

    stevewhitemd | July 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Yet another case of ethnic fraud.

    A challenge for readers, particularly progressives who may be keeping tabs on the good Professor —

    — can anyone show me a case of a Republican office holder/seeker who is committing ethnic fraud? That is, one who is claiming to be a minority when in fact he or she is not?

    I’m sure if it’s happened the MSM will be all over it so one won’t have to look hard.

    I’m searching for a Native American tribe with no records so I can give my family some “minority status” to throw around.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Neo. | July 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Go with Lumbee Tribe, NC. They are recognized by the State of NC, but not by the federal government* and are by definition of mixed races consisting of European, African-American, and Siouan speaking Indian ancestry.

      *The federal government recognized their existence in 1956, but did not place them on the list of ‘official’ Native Americans like Cherokee, Apache, Navajo, etc., nor are they eligible for the usual federal services and benefits.

    Henry Hawkins | July 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    My apologies if this is somewhat tasteless for this venue, but my daughter’s boyfriend told me something he heard in a workout center locker room:

    “Hey, man. Whatcha been up to?”

    “Oh, not much. Just jerkin’ the Biden.”

    Anchovy | July 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    What makes one Hispanic anyway? Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race. Hispanics can be of any race. It is not language because many Hispanics only speak English. It is not country of birth because many Hispanics have been in this country for generations. Is someone born and living in Barcelona Hispanic?

    If an person, no matter what their race, is born and raised in a location where the primary culture is Hispanic, wouldn’t they be ethnically Hispanic? What constitutes an ethnicity? Are Mexican indigenous peoples who speak no Spanish and have maintained most of their pre-conquest culture Hispanic?

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Anchovy. | July 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Just so. Hispanics are considered an ethnic subset of either white or black (according to the state and federal forms I have to fill out on clients, anyway).

      Ragspierre in reply to Anchovy. | July 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Good points, Anchovy! But I would argue that “Hispanic” is a silly term that actually describes nothing…not even “ethnicity”.

      For instance, the people of Brazil; they are not even ethnically homogenous by a LONG shot. The European influence is dominantly from Portugal, and THEY are not Spanish.

      The Dominicans were heavily influenced by the French, and so on.

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