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Saturday, October 07, 2006
 
Republican Family Values
The fifth district race for retiring Representative Martin Sabo's seat has been ugly this year. Keith Ellison, the DFL candidate has been accused of being a scofflaw for paying parking tickets late. He has also been accused of being a dangerous Muslim extremist, because he is black and Muslim and was once associated with the Nation of Islam, which he repudiated long ago.

The most vituperative attacks have come from his GOP opponent, Alan Fine:
"I'm extremely concerned about Keith Ellison, Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison, Keith Ellison Muhammad. I'm personally offended that this person is a candidate for U.S. Congress. ... He is the follower of a known racist, Louis Farrakhan, who promoted division between the people of our nation, a person who believes that the white man is the anti-Christ, a person who called for the destruction of our nation, a person who believes that Jews are the scourge of the Earth. I'm personally offended as a Jew that we have a candidate like this running for U.S. Congress."
Nice, eh?

Now, it turns out that Fine was arrested in 1995 for hitting his then-wife. The record of that arrest was expunged in 2004, because Fine "just got around to it and did it." Of course, it had nothing to do with his plans to run for political office. His now ex-wife still says that the charge was legit; he hit her, more than once and even while she was pregnant. In another interesting tidbit, there have been FIVE domestic 911 calls to Fine's residence since 1995, so apparently it's a trend not limited to his former wife.

Republicans: happy to tell you how to conduct your life. Just don't look behind their curtain.
 
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