“To pull a Warren”

I think we have us a new — what’s the word — descriptor for falsely claiming minority status.

Via The Daily Caller:

A Democratic congressional candidate in Arizona is facing questions about why she is mysteriously and falsely being listed as a Hispanic in a prominent Latino group’s directory of officeholders.

This could be problematic for the candidate, Kyrsten Sinema, because the National Association of Latino Elected (NALEO) and Appointed Officials claims it verifies the information with the officeholders before going to print.

The revelation that NALEO’s 2011 “National Directory of Latino Elected Officials” lists Sinema, a former Democratic state senator, as a Hispanic first surfaced Monday on the website of the Phoenix New Times.

Sinema spokesman Rodd McCleod denied that the candidate self-identified as a Latina. “It’s not our mistake,” McCleod told the Phoenix New Times. “It’s NALEO’s mistake.”

But a NALEO official told the outlet that the information came from Sinema or her office. “We rely heavily on self-identification,” NALEO’s Rosalind Gold said.

This is similar not only to the law faculty directory as to which Warren admits filling out forms as Native American which put her on the list of “Minority Law Teachers,” but also the verification method used by the Harvard Women’s Law Journal which put Warren on the list of “Women of Color in Legal Academia.”

Bonus question: Will ethnic fraud by a Democrat matter more in Arizona than in Massachusetts?