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  Gang members soon to get their own congressman
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ContributorRob Brodner 
Last EditedRob Brodner  Oct 20, 2006 07:49am
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News DateThursday, October 19, 2006 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn the United States, all of us have a right to be represented in government, right?

Until now, one group of Americans has been grossly underrepresented. Just who is this underrepresented group? Gang members and cop killers.

Think about it: we discriminate against gang members and cop killers all the time. In most states, we don’t even let felons vote! And what could explain that except the fact that nobody has chosen to represent their interests in Congress.

Luckily, that is about to change. In their wisdom, the Democrat Party in Minnesota (known here as the Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party, or DFL) has endorsed Keith Ellison as their candidate to replace 28-year incumbent Congressman Martin Sabo in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

Much attention has been lavished on Ellison for likely being the first Muslim elected to Congress, and much controversy has surrounded his ties to the Nation of Islam and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The papers have also looked into his personal finances, discovering that he failed to pay his income taxes for 5 years, leading to an IRS lien on his house that only got paid once he decided to run for office (nobody knows the source of the funds which paid off those taxes, by the way). He violated campaign finance laws more often than any other candidate in Minnesota history, and racked up fines for willfully violating those laws.
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