Senator Scott Brown, eager to keep the controversy over Elizabeth Warren’s Native American identity alive, called on the Democrat Tuesday to authorize her employers to release her job applications.
“Her changing stories, contradictions, and refusal to answer legitimate questions have cast doubt on her credibility and called into question the diversity practices at Harvard,’’ the senator said in a statement.
Brown’s statement on the issue is the most aggressive the senator has personally made amid questions about whether Warren’s assertion boosted her career advancement. She has denied that, as have officials at Harvard Law School, where she is a tenured professor.
Last week, the senator cast himself as an outside observer to the issue, even as many strong statements were released, either under the name of campaign staffers or Republican Party officials.
“Serious questions have been raised about the legitimacy of Elizabeth Warren’s claims to Native American ancestry and whether it was appropriate for her to assume minority status as a college professor,’’ Brown wrote Tuesday.
He called on Warren “to authorize the release of her law school applications and all personnel files from the various universities where she has taught.’’ Brown noted that he released “hundreds of pages of confidential employment records relating to my 32-year career in the National Guard.’’
Warren’s spokeswoman, Alethea Harney, accused Brown of creating a distraction, and repeated the campaign’s contention that Brown is serving the interests of Wall Street.
““Minutes after Scott Brown voted with his Republican party to double interest rates on student loans, he ridiculously attacked Elizabeth Warren with questions that have already been answered,’’ Harney said in a statement.
In a separate news release Tuesday, Warren personally criticized Brown for his vote to preserve a Republican filibuster against the extension of student loan rates at their current 3.4 percent rate. On July 1, they are scheduled to go up to 6.8 percent.
Brown released a proposal Monday to extend the rates for one year, but nonetheless stuck with his party to thwart the Democratic proposal. Republicans oppose the Democrats’ method of paying for the loan rate extension, which depends on a change in tax law that requires all wealthy Medicare and Social Security beneficiaries to pay taxes on those benefits.
Brown, Warren in dead heat in latest poll of Senate race
Senator Scott Brown and his leading Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, are tied in a new poll timed to gauge the impact of a controversy over Warren’s Native American heritage.
The automated poll of 500 likely voters was taken Monday night by Rasmussen Reports and shows both candidates at 45 percent. The same polling firm had similar results last month, with Brown leading 46 percent to 45 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
The poll results, released Tuesday, come as Warren has spent more than a week responding to questions about whether she appropriately listed herself as a minority in a legal directory, based on a family belief that she has some Native American heritage.
3 stars with Mass. roots team up to help Warren
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and John Krasinski of “The Office’’ are teaming up to hold a Santa Monica fund-raiser for Elizabeth Warren’s Senate bid.
Warren’s popularity among Hollywood celebrities has been well documented. In this case, the celebrity hosts are home grown. Damon and Affleck are famous for their ties to Cambridge, where Warren lives. Krasinski is from Newton.
The invitation to the May 21 party, first reported by BuzzFeed and confirmed by the Warren campaign, lists contribution levels from $1,000 to $10,000 for top-level couples.
It will be on the rooftop of a production studio called “Bad Robot.’’