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Democrat in Good Standing?

From today’s The Hill (no link):

A few weeks ago, Minnesota state Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D) prospects of

becoming the first Muslim ever to serve in Congress looked strong.

As he moved toward the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, Ellison had garnered

high- profile endorsements from the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party as

well as from the Minnesota AFL-CIO and other key unions.

But that was before two conservative Web logs began to do a little digging

on Ellison/s background. What they found – Ellison’s ties to Louis

Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam and his public defense of radicals who were

later convicted of murder – has made many Democrats in the

Minneapolis-based 5th district a bit nervous…….. In law school, Ellison wrote an opinion piece defending Louis Farrakhan

and also helped bring a speaker to the campus for a lecture titled:

“Zionism: White Supremacy, Imperialism or Both?”

Ellison also has been criticized for a speech he made at a fundraiser for

Sara Jane Olsen, a member of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army in the

1970s who changed identities and hid out in Minnesota for many years,

living as a suburban mom, before pleading guilty to several violent acts.

“I think, just like the people who want to come together and lock up Sara,

we need to come together and free Sara,” Ellison said in 2000.

Ellison also spoke in support of Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther who

was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state police officer and a fellow


 Note: Powerline’s been all over this.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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