Scott Brown, Arthur Prentice Rugg, and misrepresentation of ancestry...

Scott Brown misrepresented his ancestry in an interview with the NY Times

In all the brouhaha about Elizabeth Warren's claim of Native American ancestry, a major item has been overlooked by the so-called liberal media.  In the 1980's, after Scott Brown appeared in Cosmo, he was interviewed by the New York Times.  In that interview, he claimed to be the great-grandson of Arthur Prentice Rugg, a chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court in the 19th century, and he said he found it amusing to be reading cases in which his great-grandfather was involved.  Here's a snip from the original article:

Until a few weeks ago, Scott Brown was a 22-year-old first-year law student at Boston College Law School who frequently ran across opinions written by his great-grandfather, Arthur Prentice Rugg, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

"I read many of his cases this year," he said, "which I found amusing."

The problem for Scott?  He was not Rugg's great-grandson, they were only distantly related.  The Times had to print a retraction a few days later.

Here's a link to the original article:  Original

Here's a link to the retraction:  Retraction

So, to those voters who continue to harp on Warren for supposedly misrepresenting her ancestry, I have one simple question:  Who are you going to vote for now?

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Irene September 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I will confess that it has been six years since I have had to apply and interview, BUT I am witness to many hiring situations where I work and the factors I mention do happen. Most people are smart enough to never put any such thing in writing and conversations are hushed and with trusted colleagues, but it happens. My husband who also works in your field has plenty of anectdotes. If all of your managers are able to be purely objective then kudos to them, they are the exception and not the rule from past experience and listening to others. As for Warren, I am not bonkers about what she did to be truthful but it pales in comparison to far more pressing issues on which I will base my decision on Nov. 6 AND as I stated in my original post it matches the narrative of my life, my husband's and a few others I know. That she felt encouraged to check that box while I did not, I don't know. But it was not false on her part. How much/little heritage allows one to claim it? We all call Obama the first African-American president, yet he is in fact as equally white as he is black. What he is, is the first Mixed Race president. As is obvious I hate this whole "labelling" thing and think we should be working harder to eliminate it and not expand it, especially when the constructs are purely sociological as opposed to biological (now there's a fun debate!)
Bill October 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
John... you do realize that he actually IS related to Rugg, right? Unlike Warren who IS NOT a Cherokee. He was mistaken about how he was related, but he is related. Very big difference.
Bill October 01, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Also John... please show me the quote from Brown saying he is his great grandfather? Or did you even bother to read the article. Even the retraction says that it was the magazines mistake. Nowhere does it say Brown actually said it.
Dave Lenane October 02, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Irene, Thany you for renewing my faith in people from the other party. Your comment was articulate and honest. And seeing as how I honestly dont feel any of the candidates for office are really going to "fight" for me, I wish you well!
leda October 08, 2012 at 02:10 AM
There was no "box" to check and there was no application. She did not apply for a job at Harvard; she was recruited. Being recruited by a highly prestigious institution is not like getting a job at McDonald's. She didn't stop at the Harvard counter and ask the Nobel Laureate working the fries station for an application. She was a highly respected professor, author and one of the country's leading experts on consumer law - she was recruited by many institutions because of her stellar accomplishments. And hey, speaking of accomplishments, it would be great if the campaigns for this important senate seat could focus on the accomplishments and qualifications of the candidates as well as the political issues instead of constantly trying to sidetrack with unsubstantiated non-issues. Brown campaign, I'm looking at you.


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