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Thursday, August 31, 2006 

Minnesota Murtha

Can anybody tell me what the hell Jack Murtha is doing endorsing someone in a DFL primary in Minnesota?

On the other hand, American Jewish World endorsed Ellison today. That should put to rest MDE's implications of his being obviously anti-Semitic or anti-Israel.

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Maybe it has something to do with his forthcoming campaign for majority leader?

ABC News

The American Jewish World doesn't come close to speaking for all Jews in the Twin Cities. This is from today's StarTribune, worth noting:

"Erlandson also accused Ellison of appearing recently with a supporter of the Palestinian group Hamas, which the United States considers a terrorist organization. Erlandson's aide said he was referring to Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington D.C., who attended an Ellison fundraiser last Friday in the Twin Cities sponsored by a group of Muslim businessmen."

Shockingly enough, Mike Erlandson is trying to win an election against an endorsed opponent. By no means am I an Ellison partisan, but his opponents seem to be using unreasonable tactics. If a publication like the AJW is willing to endorse him and say that he's a friend of Judaism and a friend of Israel, that's good enough for me.

You should know that the AJW endorsement in no way represents the Jewish community. In fact, the endorsement "process" was focused on one candidate only -- Mr. Ellison.

I spoke last week with the publisher of the AJW, Mordecai Spector. He told me that:

--He did not speak with the candidates, except for Mr. Ellison.
--He did not ask the candidates to fill out a questionnaire.
--His research on the candidates consisted of attending a debate among the candidates at Temple Israel, and other research that he conducted personally.
--The Jewish World does not have an editorial board; he made the decision himself.

The collective Jewish response since the endorsement was announced is, from where I sit, one of shock and outrage. Mr. Ellison may try to argue that the AJW endorsement represents the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval from the Jewish community, but it's not true.

The AJW's endorsement is one man's opinion, and should be treated as such.

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