Democrats turn on Elizabeth Warren for distracting voters from the mid-terms with her claim of DNA proof she is partly American Indian

Monday, October 15, 2018
By Paul Martin

Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted a video and results of a genetic test she said proves she has Native American heritage
The move was widely seen as a signal she would run for president with an aggressive push-back style
Former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina criticized Warren’s decision to inject the issue just 22 days before the mid-term elections
Although Warren is up for reelection, it is swing districts Democrats are worried about, and Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ attacks could motivate his base
Democrats are favored to retake the House with a chance to capture the Senate

15 October 2018

A leading Democratic strategist pushed back Monday within hours of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s gambit to release the results of her DNA test with a plea for Democrats to ‘stay focused’ on 2018.

Jim Messina, who helped President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, pushed back after Warren released a video on her web site and the results of genetic testing that proves some amount of Native American ancestry – though the amount could 1.6 per cent or lower.

The move immediately stoked further speculation about Warren’s potential as a 2020 presidential candidate, brought back video of President Donald Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ attacks on her – and took the spotlight away from Democrats vying to take back Congress.

‘Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her announcement now?’ asked Messina in a tweet.

‘Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???’ he vented.

In addition to steering Obama’s steady and successful reelect, Messina served as the president’s deputy chief of staff and in senior positions in the Senate before putting out a shingle as the head of a global consulting firm.

The pushback comes after some GOP Senate candidates saw polls tilt in their direction amid a furious fight over confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Trump since then has undertaken a strategy of soaking up political oxygen with a slew of extended TV interviews, call-ins, and rallies. Marsha Blackburn has opened up a strong lead over Phil Bredesen in Tennessee, endangered Republican Sen. Dean Heller is up seven points over his Democratic opponent in Nevada a poll released Monday, and Rep. Beto O’Rourke was down eight points against Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, even while pulling in huge campaign contributions from around the country.

Neither Messina nor Obama’s office immediately responded to requests for comment Monday.

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