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First Muslim congressman elected
BBC News ^ | November 8, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 11/08/2006 3:29:24 AM PST by MadIvan

Keith Ellison, a Democrat, has become the first Muslim to be elected to the US Congress by winning a Minnesota seat in the House of Representatives.

He overcame personal attacks emphasising his past association with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the radical Nation of Islam group.

The 43-year-old lawyer sought to downplay his religion and ran on a populist platform.

He has called for the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

On the campaign trail, he also urged a greater reliance on renewable fuels and the establishment of a government-funded universal healthcare system.

"Tonight, we made history," Ellison said in a victory speech to supporters.

"We won a key election, but we did much more than that.

"We showed that a candidate can run a 100% positive campaign and prevail, even against tough opposition."

But another Democrat, Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, failed in her attempt to win an Illinois House seat despite a high-profile campaign.

The former helicopter pilot, who lost both legs after being shot down in Iraq, lost to Peter Roskam in a Republican stronghold.

Lieberman triumph

In the Senate races, Hillary Clinton - a former first lady and leading contender for the Democratic nomination in next year's presidential poll - easily won re-election in New York.

And former Democratic heavyweight Joe Lieberman - candidate for vice-president in Al Gore's failed bid for the presidency in 2000 - beat an official party candidate to reclaim his Connecticut seat in the Senate as an independent.

Mr Lieberman, who lost the party primary earlier this year as a result of his support for the Iraq war and perceived closeness to President Bush, was backed by the Republicans, who urged their supporters to give him their votes.

Mr Lieberman will be one of two independents in the new Senate who have said they will align themselves with Democrats. The other, socialist Bernie Sanders, who served eight terms in the House of Representatives, won the Vermont seat of retiring Senator Jim Jeffords, also an independent.

But an attempt by another House member to win a Senate seat foundered. Republican Katherine Harris was heavily defeated by incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in Florida.

Ms Harris came to national attention in 2000 when, as Florida secretary of state, she certified Mr Bush as winning the bitterly contested state of Florida in his presidential race with Mr Gore.

Schwarzenegger's second term

In West Virginia, Democrat Robert Byrd's victory made him the Senate's longest serving member. The 88-year-old won a record ninth six-year term.

In the gubernatorial contests, Democrat Deval Patrick won in Massachusetts to become the first black governor of the state, and only the second elected black governor of any state.

In California, Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger won a second and final term.

The former Hollywood action movie star easily defeated a challenge to his governorship from Democrat Phil Angelides.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: camelsnose; congress; democrat; enemywithin; fifthcolumn; infiltration; minnesota; muslim
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Ain't we got fun.

Regards, Ivan

1 posted on 11/08/2006 3:29:25 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: Mrs Ivan; odds; DCPatriot; Deetes; Barset; fanfan; LadyofShalott; Tolik; mtngrl@vrwc; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 11/08/2006 3:29:43 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan

Now we'll be arrested and beheaded for sure...


3 posted on 11/08/2006 3:30:46 AM PST by Dallas59 (Muslims Are Only Guests In Western Countries)
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To: MadIvan

Not good. Not good at all.


4 posted on 11/08/2006 3:31:36 AM PST by Mrs Ivan (English, and damned proud of it.)
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To: MadIvan

You know I was angry and sad about what happened in the Maryland elections, then I read this an I'm like, WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO AMERICA?


5 posted on 11/08/2006 3:33:26 AM PST by beachn4fun (I'm from Maryland. Hanging head in shame.........)
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To: Mrs Ivan

Some interesting-looking names on the donor rolls...
http://www.newsmeat.com/campaign_contributions_to_politicians/donor_list.php?candidate_id=H6MN05183&cycle=2006&li=A


6 posted on 11/08/2006 3:34:13 AM PST by dollar_dog
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To: beachn4fun

Who voted for him.....and WHY? Sharia Law coming to America.


7 posted on 11/08/2006 3:35:00 AM PST by Dallas59 (Muslims Are Only Guests In Western Countries)
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To: MadIvan

I posted this on another thread:

I would like to take this occasion to apologize on behalf of the great state of Minnesota to all of my fellow FReepers in FReeperville. The state of Minnesota has delivered (against my advice mind you) the legislative equivalent of a turd to the House of Representatives. My fellow FReepers, you may not be aware of the name of Keith Ellison. In the coming months you will. This guy is a full fledged barking moonbat. Think of Nancy Pelosi on meth.

On the bright side though, Micheal Bachman and Tim Pawlenty won. Also, I think we're going to have a hell of a good time lampooning Ellison! You can't put a price tag on humor.


8 posted on 11/08/2006 3:35:44 AM PST by dbehsman (One Wellstone memorial (rave party) is enough, thank you!)
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To: dollar_dog

All 2006 Donors Beginning With A (Donations Totaling $200 or More)
ABBOTT, ELLEN
ABBOTT, GEOFFREY
Abdel-Karim, Anwar
Abdul-Khaliq, Nathaniel
Abdulkarim, Ahmad
Abo Issa, Samir
Abu Sara, Salman
Abukhdair, Loay
Abumayyaleh, Samir
Abutta, Abbas
ADAMS, JULIE
Ahdali, Aicha
Ahmed, Junaid
Ahmed, Parvez
AL-RASHID, RAMZI
Ali, Hyder
Ali, Irfan
Ali, Raza
Alsi, Mohamed
Amegashie, Kwao
Amos, Richard
Amra, Nabil
Amra, Ziad
Andreas, David
Antonson, Gail
Asamarai, Omar
Ashraf, Mohammad
Asselstine, Gordon
Avent-Hassan, Rochelle


9 posted on 11/08/2006 3:36:14 AM PST by Dallas59 (Muslims Are Only Guests In Western Countries)
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To: dollar_dog
Wow.

This guy wants watching very closely.

10 posted on 11/08/2006 3:37:21 AM PST by Mrs Ivan (English, and damned proud of it.)
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To: MadIvan

Ugggh...and to think I graduated college in his state.


11 posted on 11/08/2006 3:37:31 AM PST by meandog (While Bush will never fill them, Clinton isn't fit to even lick the soles of Reagan's shoes!)
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To: MadIvan

If Louis Farakan had been well enough, he could have been elected yesterday. The brain-dead liberal Jewish voters should take note. They will definitely be the first to go.


12 posted on 11/08/2006 3:38:18 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Dallas59

And that's just the "A"s!


13 posted on 11/08/2006 3:38:23 AM PST by Mrs Ivan (English, and damned proud of it.)
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To: MadIvan

And if last night was any indication, there will be many more. What FOOL'S!!


14 posted on 11/08/2006 3:45:48 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (John Gibson is right. " If the Democrats win the terrorist win.")
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To: MadIvan

The beginning of Sharia law in America, no doubt.


15 posted on 11/08/2006 3:49:43 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: MadIvan
At least out of this election some good news!

Great work to the thinkers amongst the Minnesotans who thoughtfully sent their first muslim to Washington. They're right up there with the State of Arkansas who sent their trailer trash marxists to Washington.

Minnesota isn't much of a state and had they not sent DC this piece of muslim crap we wouldn't know they were there.

16 posted on 11/08/2006 3:59:26 AM PST by bennyjakobowski (Why in Hell should I have to Press 1 for English?)
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To: dollar_dog

Interesting indeed. It baffles me that there are names like Kaplan and Shapiro as donors. Does not compute.


17 posted on 11/08/2006 4:11:41 AM PST by doberville
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To: MadIvan

The American Labor Party has arrived.


18 posted on 11/08/2006 4:12:48 AM PST by bmwcyle (The snake is loose in the garden and Eve just bit the apple.)
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To: beachn4fun
WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO AMERICA?

Balkinization, socialism, islamization.

That's what.

19 posted on 11/08/2006 4:13:13 AM PST by banjo joe (Work the angles. Show all work.)
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To: Dallas59

I'd like to know that, myself.

Scares the hell out of me. Cause I know when America falls it will collapse from the inside out.

Of all the things I've seen going on in this world, this scares me the most because I see this related to the Antichrist of the Bible. Christianity versus Islam.


20 posted on 11/08/2006 4:14:30 AM PST by beachn4fun (I wonder how many illegals voted this year?)
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To: Dallas59

very interesting


21 posted on 11/08/2006 4:16:23 AM PST by beachn4fun (I wonder how many illegals voted this year?)
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To: All

IMHO, a real muslim isnt named keith. but that said even a psuedoislamofascist should not be elected to anything


22 posted on 11/08/2006 4:18:40 AM PST by Kewlhand`tek (Those that can't , Teach. Those that can't teach , Report)
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To: Kewlhand`tek

Abu, ali, akbar, mohammed. my name is Akmhed and that is Keith,director of destruction. Keith will be giving you a class on bombmaking today..... that just doesnt sound right.


23 posted on 11/08/2006 4:20:46 AM PST by Kewlhand`tek (Those that can't , Teach. Those that can't teach , Report)
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; HiJinx; txradioguy; Just A Nobody; La Enchiladita; carlr; ...

Thought you might be interested in knowing this PING


24 posted on 11/08/2006 4:20:53 AM PST by beachn4fun (I wonder how many illegals voted this year?)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

The whole "Death to America" crowd won last night. The beast is being fed!


25 posted on 11/08/2006 4:28:22 AM PST by dforest (be careful you don't become what you hate the most)
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To: E.G.C.

I think I left you off the ping

You might be interested in this


26 posted on 11/08/2006 4:32:00 AM PST by beachn4fun (I wonder how many illegals voted this year?)
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To: MadIvan; beachn4fun
Thanks, Beach for the bump and the ping.

I think we all are going to have to watch our backs.

27 posted on 11/08/2006 4:36:05 AM PST by E.G.C. (I)
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To: indylindy; All

Everyone say a prayer for the people of Iraq...they must be terrible frightened today.

I can't blame them.

Say a prayer for those of us in uniform. I served on active duty the last time these Communist Sympathizers ran things....*shudder*

It's a sad sad day for America on the whole.


28 posted on 11/08/2006 4:37:20 AM PST by txradioguy (In Memory Of My Friend 1SG Tim Millsap A Co. 70th Eng. K.I.A. 25 April 2005)
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To: beachn4fun

Proud Moment....in Tehran


29 posted on 11/08/2006 4:39:11 AM PST by dforest (be careful you don't become what you hate the most)
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To: txradioguy

Well the Dems can now get their Vietnam replay, the outcome will be horrifying, then they will blame Bush


30 posted on 11/08/2006 4:47:50 AM PST by dforest (be careful you don't become what you hate the most)
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To: indylindy

I couldn't agree with you more.


31 posted on 11/08/2006 5:07:03 AM PST by txradioguy (In Memory Of My Friend 1SG Tim Millsap A Co. 70th Eng. K.I.A. 25 April 2005)
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To: MadIvan; Mrs Ivan
First Muslim congressman elected

"Ain't we got fun."

...wow...unbelievable

32 posted on 11/08/2006 5:11:25 AM PST by pigsmith (Meanwhile - he's back, and he's brought someone with him! Woohoo!)
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To: MadIvan

Elected by Dhimmicrats no doubt.


33 posted on 11/08/2006 5:16:11 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Kewlhand`tek

There are a few other threads on the now "esteemed" Keith Ellison. At one time or another he has held all of those names (archives at powerline.com will explain).

City liberals voted him in...lib Jewish orgs. vouched for him. And the Star Trib burying anything bad on the guy. Even my DFL friends wouldn't vote for him because he is trouble.

Not a damn thing we could do about it, so for the others who are kicking our State around in this thread I would ask that you kindly back off.


34 posted on 11/08/2006 6:04:45 AM PST by MNlurker
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To: MadIvan; 4woodenboats; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; abletruth; Accountable One; Aeronaut; AKA Elena; ..
Prayer ping.


My prayers will be ongoing for this country. I ask everyone to join me.  

Blessings,
trussell


If you want on/off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.

35 posted on 11/08/2006 6:27:54 AM PST by trussell (Proud to be a Jesus Freak! / Happy camper!)
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To: MadIvan
I'm from MN. I'm also moving back there around June/July for family reasons.

Uggnh...

36 posted on 11/08/2006 6:30:42 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Anyone who needs to be persuaded to be free, doesn't deserve to be.)
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Something just occured to me.

Isn't this guy from the same place that had all the trouble over taxi drivers refusing to take fares carrying alcohol?


37 posted on 11/08/2006 6:32:46 AM PST by Mrs Ivan (English, and damned proud of it.)
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To: trussell
Thank you. I almost sent you a prayer request asking for prayer for America now. The bottom line of this election: Iran, Syria and N. Korea got exactly what they wanted. God help us, as we are surely going to need it.

Carolyn

38 posted on 11/08/2006 6:45:35 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Mrs Ivan
Yes, darling, that happened in Minnesota.

Love, Ivan

39 posted on 11/08/2006 6:46:24 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan

Thanks, I thought it was.

Of course that means that this result should not actually be a really big surprise.


40 posted on 11/08/2006 6:48:18 AM PST by Mrs Ivan (English, and damned proud of it.)
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To: Mrs Ivan
I suspect there will be Muslim congressmen from New Jersey and Michigan soon as well, dear - there are large Arab populations in both states.

Love, Ivan

41 posted on 11/08/2006 6:49:50 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: txradioguy
"Everyone say a prayer for the people of Iraq...they must be terrible frightened today."

I think there's a lot of Americans who are also terribly frightened today. I know I'm one of them. I'm so afraid of what will happen now in Iraq and Israel and even here in the U.S. Syria, Iran and N. Korea got exactly what they wanted. I feel like I've been punched in the gut.

Carolyn

42 posted on 11/08/2006 6:51:46 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: CDHart
You're not alone.

Leni

43 posted on 11/08/2006 6:55:21 AM PST by MinuteGal (Florida Freepers, keep up with FL politics & freeps on our state forum. To access it, freepmail me.)
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To: MinuteGal
Thank you.

Carolyn

44 posted on 11/08/2006 6:58:47 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: MadIvan
I'll lay a bet that Muhammed Achmed al Tikrit bin Skyhook Ellison will be assigned to the House Armed Services Committee or the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Any takers?

After all, we're now in the Twilight Zone.

Leni

45 posted on 11/08/2006 7:00:40 AM PST by MinuteGal (Florida Freepers, keep up with FL politics & freeps on our state forum. To access it, freepmail me.)
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To: dollar_dog

American Muslims Have Greater Political Say http://www.iqna.ir/en/news_detail.php?ProdID=77882

Muslim would be first in Congress

If Detroit native wins Minn. seat, as expected for Democrats, he'll take office oath on Quran.
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061025/POLITICS01/610250359/1022/POLITICS

Let us remember, the Quran has no separation of church and state (of course I don't expect him to use the bible), i've told people about him a million times and his connections... no one listens, the same with CAIR.


46 posted on 11/08/2006 7:37:55 AM PST by AliVeritas (Get out and vote. Yeah you, at the monitor, get off your duff and vote. Go GOP!)
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To: sofaman; holdonnow; Peach; mware; cibco; Current Occupant; tiredoflaundry; HonestConservative; ...

ping


47 posted on 11/08/2006 7:39:38 AM PST by AliVeritas (Get out and vote. Yeah you, at the monitor, get off your duff and vote. Go GOP!)
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To: MadIvan

And it doesn't look like we will get any judges to replace the liberal ones... who wouldn't look at Ellison's or CAIRs connections.

Well, ammo run.


48 posted on 11/08/2006 7:40:38 AM PST by AliVeritas (Get out and vote. Yeah you, at the monitor, get off your duff and vote. Go GOP!)
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To: MadIvan

I don't know. Compared to Wellstone, this guy is probably a conservative. Most Muslims are pretty conservative on social issues. For Minnesota he may be the best we can do. ;)


49 posted on 11/08/2006 7:44:42 AM PST by Asceticon
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To: MadIvan
First Muslim congressman elected

One small step for a Muslim...
One GIANT step for Islam!

50 posted on 11/08/2006 7:46:05 AM PST by VOA
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