WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown suggested during a call with the Republican National Committee on Monday that his successor should take a DNA test to prove her claims that she has Native American ancestry.
Speaking on the call as a surrogate for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, Brown revisited a controversy that arose during his unsuccessful reelection campaign in 2012.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a popular figure among progressives, came under fire when running against Brown after it was revealed that she had identified as a minority while serving on the faculty at University of Pennsylvania and Harvard.
Warren has maintained that she was told growing up that she had Cherokee ancestry and both Universities have confirmed that the claim did not yield Warren any special treatment or professional advancement.
Brown said, however, that the issue should not be put to rest.
“Harvard and Penn can release the records,” Brown said. “She can take a DNA test.”
The comments came hours after Warren campaigned alongside presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The appearance coupled with Warren’s warm reception has accelerated media talk that the Senator could be Clinton’s Vice Presidential choice, something that Brown emphasized Monday.
“Secretary Clinton is considering making someone the Vice President who has very serious character flaws when it comes to honesty and credibility in dealing with her heritage,” Brown said.
Warren defeated Brown by about 8 percent. Brown went on to run for Senator in neighboring New Hampshire in 2014 but lost to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen by 2 percent.