Elizabeth Warren cannot escape the public’s questions about her claims to Native American ancestry. A live chat today demonstrates how deeply the issue has permeated the campaign dialogue.

On the local Massachusetts community news websitePatch.com, Elizabeth Warren participated in a live chat where the site invited readers to ask questions of the Democratic Senate candidate.

The first question the moderator put through to Warren cut straight to the question of her claims to Native American ancestry:

“Although there is a relatively small number of Mass. voters of Native American descent, do you feel you have addressed their concerns about your own statements involving your heritage?”

Warren, who took five minutes to respond, failed to address the question itself, instead reiterating her familiar description of her Native American ancestry claims.

While Warren continues to have to explain to the public about her claims to Native American ancestry, this particular question was a “softball” compared to those other readers had.

In the minutes preceding the official start, the following, much tougher, questions had already begun to populate the comments section:

  • “Why hav u refused to meet the Cherokee Indians who came to speak to u about your claims of NA ancestry?”
  • “How can you stand by the statement you are a Cherokee Indian, but when asked whether you consider yourself a minority, you refuse to say?”

Earlier, in articles promoting the livechat, readers raised questions about Warren’s claims to Native American ancestry:

  • “Why do you continue to stand by your listing at Harvard as one of their minority professors ? Why not admit to the mis-representation and move on ? Clearly you are not a Cherokee Indian and the indians agree on this point ?”

One reader, unknown to us, linked back to a Legal Insurrection piece in their comment on the livechat:

The Patch reporter that appeared to moderate the livechat, Sara Jacobi, describes herself in her bio on the Patch website:

I am a registered Democrat, and I would describe my political beliefs as mostly liberal, especially related to social issues. I am unsure where I stand on economic issues such as labor unions.

The fact that the moderator of the livechat felt the need to put through a question about the Indian issue demonstrates how deeply Warren’s minority claims have permeated the campaign discussion.