UPDATED: Columnist Says Bachmann 'Is Right' About Ellison's Ties to Muslim Brotherhood
Fifth District Republican candidate Chris Fields also weighs in on the Bachmann/Ellison feud.
After Rep. Michele Bachmann accused Rep. Keith Ellison as having a "long history" with the Muslim Brotherhood last week, a recent column in FrontPageMag.com alleges Bachmann's claims are true.
*FrontPageMag.com is edited by David Horowitz, director of the conservative organization Freedom Center. In the past, critics have accused Horowitz of promoting fear of an Islamic takeover. The column reads:
"As long ago as 2006, Ellison’s closeness to Nihad Awad, co-founder of Hamas-linked CAIR, was a matter of public record," the article says. "Awad, who notoriously said in 1994 that he was 'in support of the Hamas movement,' spoke at fundraisers for Ellison, raising considerable sums for his first Congressional race. According to investigative journalist Patrick Poole, Ellison has appeared frequently at CAIR events since then, despite the fact that CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department."
Among other things, the column also says that in 2008 Ellison accepted $13,350 in funding from the Muslim American Society. The authors cites a 2004 Chicago Tribune story that states the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the Muslim American Society name in recent years.
At the end of the article, it's author Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch and author of several books, calls for Ellison's alleged connection to be investigated and for conservatives to stand up for Bachmann.
Ellison traded blows all last week with Bachmann, not only about his own alleged involvement, but her claim that the Obama administration had been "infiltrated" by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Chris Fields Weighs In On Ellison/Bachmann "Feud"
While reluctant to weigh in on the ongoing debate between Ellison and Bachmann, Ellison challenger Chris Fields said in a blog post that last week's arguments were proof that Ellison is "incapable" of focusing on his constituents and creating solutions:
"Once again we have witnessed Keith Ellison engage in a bitter fight over an issue that is of no significance in the daily lives of the constituents of the Fifth Congressional District.
"This week’s very public back-and-forth with Representative Bachmann is yet more proof that Keith Ellison is incapable of focusing and delivering solutions. He has failed to focus on the fact that Minneapolis is home to the largest achievement and unemployment gaps between black and white constituents in the entire country. Instead of working to solve these issues, Keith is engaged in yet another high profile attention-seeking fight."
Fields Meet and Greet
Fields will be at Cooper's Irish Pub in St. Louis Park Monday night was a meet and greet from 5-7 p.m. More details on the event have been attached as a PDF.
Other Patch articles relating to the Ellison/Bachmann feud are:
- MPR: Keith Ellison Wants Michele Bachmann Apology
- VIDEOS: Michele Bachmann Says Keith Ellison Has 'Long History' with Muslim Brotherhood
- (UPDATED) VIDEO: Ellison Calls Bachmann's Muslim Brotherhood Claims a 'Phantom'
- Ellison, Bachmann Trade Broadsides Over Muslim Brotherhood
Editor's Note: The article was updated with more information about FrontPageMag.com for more clarity.