Among other things ... are: Ellison's local leadership of the Nation of Islam, his defense of the "truth" of an attack on Minneapolis Jews as "the most racist white people," his affiliation with convicted murderer and Vice Lords gang leader Sharif Willis, his support of the Vice Lords gangbangers charged (and subsequently convicted) with the murder of Minneapolis police officer Jerry Haaf, his outrageous attacks on law enforcement authorities, his demand that Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist Sara Jane Olson be freed, and his concern for the continuing freedom of convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur on the lam in Havana. Not one of these elements of Ellison's public record has been reported in the local media.
We have used Ellison's various public incarnations as Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammad to raise the question: Who is Keith Ellison? In the course of the present campaign, Ellison has held himself out as a friend of the Jewish people and of the state of Israel. Several prominent Jewish supporters have vouched for him in the face of a long public record that belies his present avowals. As a kind of exclamation point or capstone to our "Who is Keith Ellison?" series, we reported the appearance of Hamas supporter and CAIR executive director Nihad Awad at an August 25 fundraiser for Ellison. Awad's appearance for Ellison went unreported by the Star Tribune except indirectly in the quotation of a debate statement by candidate Michael Erlandson a week later.
So, what else is new?
Cross-posted at Miriam's ideas.