• Second war whooping video prompts further candidate sparring


    (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – New video posted on a liberal blog on Wednesday showed Sen. Scott Brown speaking at an event while war whooping is going on in the background.

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    The new video comes one day after fallout from a previous video posted on the same blog, showing what has been identified as Brown staffers and members of the Massachusetts Republican Party whooping and doing tomahawk chops at a rally.

    Both appear to be an effort to poke fun at Elizabeth Warren's unproven claims of Native American heritage.

    "Senator Brown has spoken to his entire staff – including the individuals involved in this unacceptable behavior – and issued them their one and only warning that this type of conduct will not be tolerated. As we enter the final stretch of this campaign, emotions are running high, and while Senator Brown can't control everyone, he is encouraging both sides to act with respect. He regrets that members of his staff did not live up to the high standards that the people of Massachusetts expect and deserve," a spokesman for Brown said in a statement. 

    "I am appalled," is all Warren really had to say about it, as she accepted the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts endorsement in South Boston.

    The video prompted outrage from the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Bill John Baker.

    Baker issued a statement saying, "A campaign that would allow and condone such offensive and racist behavior must be called to task for their actions."

    "There's no place for that kind of behavior," said Governor Deval Patrick who has endorsed Warren.

    "My reaction was if this is what they do in public, imagine what they do in private. The tone is set at the top," he said.

    Brown's campaign tells FOX 25 that he is in Washington, D.C. on National Guard Duty.

    On Tuesday, Brown told FOX 25 he hadn't yet seen the video, but would never condone such a thing.

    This comes during the same week that Brown released an ad questioning Warren's claims of Native American heritage while she taught at Harvard and other schools.

    Warren has since come out with her own ad explaining her take.

    FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti asked Warren if she was concerned Brown's ad may be resonating with voters.

    Warren deflected right back to Brown, "You know look, Scott Brown does not want to talk about his votes. He wants to attack my family. He wants to attack my teaching. He wants to attack my going to the United States Supreme Court, and that's because when we look at his voting record what we see is he's been out there working for millionaires and billionaires, and big oil and not for working families," she said.

    When asked, "But is it resonating?" Warren added, "And this is his effort."

    Brown's campaign also has released a statement from a member of the affiliated tribes of New England, saying Warren is the one who should answer for "fraudulently presenting herself as a Native American to Harvard during a time when they were under fire for lacking minorities on the faculty."

    This week Warren has held news conferences explaining some of the work she's done on behalf of corporations. Brown put out a letter to her on that very issue on Wednesday, as it was something he brought up in the debate last week.

    In recent days, Warren has had to answer for her legal work helping large corporations, like Travelers' Insurance fight a case against asbestos workers, and LTV Steel fight a mandate that it pay millions into a fund set up for health care for retired coal miners.

    In a letter to Warren, Brown called on her to release any more corporations she's had as clients.

    Her response? That Brown ought to as well. "As I understand it, he has been in public service for 25 years and has never released the name of a single client." 

    VIDEO: Second war whooping video sparks sparring

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