A younger Elizabeth Warren once did something naughty. She claimed to be a minority even though she’s as white as Rachel Dolezal. Since Liz wants to be president (and Trump keeps taunting her about her fake roots), she had to neuter the problem with outreach to American Indians.
And here she is, backing an Indian casino at the expense of exactly the blue collar workers she claims to be fighting for.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s bill to clear the way for a $1 billion tribal gaming resort is meeting with resistance not only from locals who don’t want a casino, but also from a struggling Massachusetts city that does.
Brockton Mayor William Carpenter said the Warren legislation on behalf of the Masphee Wampanoag tribe would destroy his community’s plans for a casino, a project designed to bring badly needed jobs and economic development to the blue-collar burg.
“Year after year we’re running multi-million-dollar deficits in our budget. We’ve laid off school teachers for three years in a row,” said Mr. Carpenter. “We desperately need the revenue.”
He spent six hours Tuesday on Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to defeat the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, which would override a federal judge’s decision last year blocking the tribe’s plans for a luxury casino and resort in East Taunton.
Ms. Warren’s advocacy on behalf of the Mashpee casino came despite her previous opposition to legalized gambling in Massachusetts, and after her vow earlier this year to champion Native American issues in response to President Trump’s dubbing her “Pocahontas,” a reference to her unproven claim of Cherokee ancestry.
Oh what a wicked web we weave, when first we practice to list ourselves as minorities. Elizabeth Warren, she’s all about the working class. Except when she’s ripping them off to cover up her past.
The Masphee casino hired former Congressman Bill Delahunt, fresh of his pot project, to lobby for them. And that’s bad. Here’s a reminder of who Delahunt is.
U.S. Rep. William Delahunt blew nearly $560,000 in campaign cash last year – much of it on lavish meals and a family-friendly payroll that includes his ex-wife, son-in-law and daughter – stoking speculation the Quincy Democrat is emptying his war chest and won’t seek re-election.
Nickolai Bobrov, who is married to Delahunt’s daughter Kara, has raked in $47,732 since landing on the payroll as the congressman’s campaign manager in July, including a $10,000 payment that month marked retroactive for “consulting services April-July,” according to campaign finance records.
Bobrov also is listed as treasurer of Delahunt’s Campaign for Change political action committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The entire bid is dubious with foreign money backing “Indian” casinos, as some have alleged.
.His “membership” in and history with the tribe is vague at best. He appears to have come on the scene with his name on formal rolls only around 2006. This coincides with significant investments in the tribe by overseas backers, the likes of which Time Magazine reported were “helping” tribes establish membership with their own genealogists as part of efforts to secure tribal status for the sole purposes of creating tax-exempt Indian gaming operations.
Tribal elders certainly hold no fond sentiments or recollections of either Cedric or his maternal family ties to the tribe. Cromwell derives at least 50 percent of his genealogy from his father’s Nova Scotia, Canadian birthplace so his claims to Wampanoag ancestry come via his mother, Connie “Lone Eaglest” Tobey. Via this line his Wampanoag “blood” ties are 1/40th at best. In fact, several elders have claimed Connie’s family were descendants of former African slaves who took on the Mashpee Tobey family name in relative recent history with questionable Native American genealogical evidence at best. However, Lone Eaglest and her relatives took control of the tribal genealogy and membership records during the election which brought her son Cedric to power and have locked them away from view of questioning tribe members ever since.
If only Elizabeth Warren had thought of that one.
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