In a fundraising email Republican Chris Fields calls 5th District DFL Congressman Keith Ellison's "militantly anti-America" because Ellison sought to cut funding for the Iraq war, among other reasons.
The email reads, in part:
"He attacked the Pledge of Allegiance, voted countless times to throw our troops serving in harm's way to the wolves and teamed up with Barney Frank to destroy the banking industry. Not surprisingly, he's the proud co-chairman of the radical Congressional Progressive Caucus."
Ellison's campaign responded with this statement from campaign manager Will Hailer:
"Chris Fields' divisive, toxic rhetoric is completely out of line with Minnesota values. He continues making statements that seek to divide our communities rather than trying to bring people together.
The people of the Fifth Congressional District have elected Congressman Ellison three times because he has always stood up for America's most basic principle: liberty and justice for all.
Despite Fields' attacks, our campaign will continue focusing on creating prosperity for working families and advocating for policies that improve people's lives."
More than 40 religious and secular organizations say that Rep. Michele Bachmann's recent accusations that Muslim groups and a member of the Obama administration have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood "question the loyalty of faithful Americans based on nothing more than their religious affiliations."
The groups, which include the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, say that the evidence Bachmann and four other Republican colleagues put forth in a series of letters to various federal departments is tenuous. Their actions "have serious implications for religious freedom and the health of our democracy," the letter states.
"Those you accuse--including Ms. Huma Abedin and leaders of the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Muslim Advocates--have long-standing histories of positive and committed work to strengthen the United States of America," the religious and secular groups wrote in their letter. "Furthermore, we take offense to the implications of your actions for the American Muslim community as a whole, as you give momentum to 'guilt by association' accusations and betray our foundational religious freedoms."
The letters Bachmann and her colleagues sent in June have been criticized by leading Republicans, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona and House Speaker John Boehner.
Bachmann has also linked 5th Congressional District Rep. Keith Ellison to the Muslim Brotherhood as well. Ellison, a Democrat, is a Muslim.
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