Updated with — finally– an apology sort of, but a good move I think
8:43 p.m. | Updated
BOSTON — Senator Scott P. Brown’s campaign issued a statement Wednesday evening saying he “regrets” what he called “unacceptable” behavior by some staff members who participated in the tomahawk chops and Indian war whoops at a campaign rally.
He also issued a verbal warning to those staff members who took part — and to all of his staff — that such conduct would not be tolerated, according to a statement from his office.Hello my name is and I work with (name of local program) and we provide legal assistance to many low income working people in your district.
so Updated with Cherokee Chief senounces Brown Staff and calls for apology. This will not go away until Senator Brown apologizes and fires his Senate Staff for violating the Hatch Act.
“The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse,” the chief, Bill John Baker, said in a statement. “The use of stereotypical ‘war whoop chants’ and ‘tomahawk chops’ are offensive and downright racist. It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all native peoples.”
Updated with Rachel Maddow last night confirming Scott's Senate Staff were involved. As Federal Employees, they should be fired under the Hatch Act. Why didn'[t they stop it? SUCH a pity.
The video shows Brown staffers including Greg Casey and Jack Richard, but the footage of Brown supporters engaging in this behavior would have been damaging even without actual staffers. Casey and Richard's appearance just adds fuel to the fire. . Brown released his first real negative ad of the campaign after the first debates, attacking Warren's self-reported herritage.
Warren was up shortly with a response ad that is, well, a vast improvement over her earlier ads. It makes her appear sympathetic and likable, something she's struggled with throughout the campaign.
Boston has a sad racial history and this latest episode just adds to the global perception that my hometown is populated with a bunch of whiskey-drinking knuckledraggers who hate the New York Yankees.