News reports revealed earlier this month that Warren and her husband Bruce had, on multiple occasions, lent family members money to buy, renovate and sell houses for profit.
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said that some of those homes went into foreclosure and that, ultimately, Warren “profit[ed] off of middle class families’ hardship,” MassLive reports.
Most of the home sales occurred in the 1990s, and- one occurred in 2000, though all sales were finalized long before the recent housing collapse. Warren’s campaign has dismissed claims by Republicans that her family assisted in buying the homes for family members because they were financially secure enough to do so.
“Elizabeth and Bruce are fortunate to be able to help their family,” Alethea Harney, Warren’s press secretary, said in a statement, according to MassLive. “They have been able to help relatives buy their homes and after Elizabeth’s brother lost his job as a construction worker, Elizabeth and Bruce were able to provide him support to buy and fix up properties.”
Polls reveal that Warren and Brown are tied with the margin of undecided voters continuing to narrow with each survey. Warren is seeking to unseat Brown in what could be the most expensive and controversial political race in U.S. history.