The Democratic candidate for Indiana's 7th Congressional District is in law enforcement, sits on the City-County Council, and is the grandson of an Indiana political legend, Julia Carson. Andre Carson wants to end the Iraq War, is against privatizing Social Security, and supports strengthening homeland security against another terrorist attack. Andre's link to the national party is strong, so much so that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted Carson for financial support.
The last post is from the blog Advance Indiana. The blogger behind Advance Indiana is local gay Republican attorney, Gary Welsh. Welsh can't seem to blog enough about Andre Carson. A Google search of his blog reveals 11 pages (157 posts ) that mention Andre Carson. Worst of all, many of his Carson posts are misleading. Example: "Carson Blames Grandmother For Farrakhan Ties." Welsh says:
Carson stuck to his story of blaming his grandmother for Farrakhan's presence at her funeral, saying the family simply respected one of her dying wishes. He also passed up another opportunity to repudiate what amounted to an endorsement of his candidacy by Farrakhan during his eulogy at her funeral.
This is the kind of journalism/blogging that would have made William Randolph Hearst proud. Carson "stuck to his story"? Welsh has NO PROOF that Andre was lying, but he frames it as a "story"?
Later Welsh says:
Despite his claims of inclusion, Carson saw no reason to apologize for Louis Farrakhan's eulogy at his grandmother's funeral or the bigoted and anti-Semitic religious leader's endorsement of his candidacy to succeed his grandmother in Congress.
Why in the hell would Andre Carson have to apologize for following his grandmother's wishes? Furthermore, why would he have to apologize for Farrakhan at all? I've read Welsh's blog for quite a while, but I've never heard him say that Rudy Gulliani should have apologized for Pat "we ought to assassinate Hugo Chavez" Robertson endorsing him.
Lastly, listen to this horrible diatribe that Farrakhan goes on:
I'm not sure what part of Louis Farrakhan's beautiful eulogy Welsh thinks that Carson should apologize for. The Indianapolis Star's article reported that Julia Carson and Louis Farrakhan "go way back" and that Andre was only following through with her wishes.The connection between Julia Carson and Louis Farrakhan brings up some very interesting questions. Could it be that Carson was like Obama, in that she could bridge the gaps between different parts of her constituency? Carson was a staunch supporter of GLBT issues in Indiana. Farrakhan is not the most queer friendly person in the world.
When the Human Rights Ordinance didn't pass the City County Council the first time around, it was Julia Carson who was highly critical of Ron Gibson, Steve Talley, Sherron Franklin, and Patrice Abdullah for not supporting the HRO (at a Democratic Dinner, no less).
I am opposed to efforts to amend the Constitution to limit the rights of our people--this contradicts our entire history and our basic values as a nation.
I have long been an active and energetic supporter of funding for HIV/AIDS services, prevention programs and research. Many who have followed the history of the effort in Indiana will recall that, as Ryan White lay hospitalized at Riley Children's Hospital, I battled in our State Senate to help the General Assembly understand that our state and our nation faced a very real health crisis, by calling attention to Ryan's situation and taking Elton John, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, along with state legislators, to his bedside. In Congress I have worked hard to increase funding for efforts to address and turn back this terrible disease. This fight is not over.
I am a sworn enemy of discrimination on account of race, gender and sexual orientation and have long worked in that cause. Here in Indianapolis those who followed the matter will recall that I worked hard to see to it that our City-County Council understood the importance--the fundamental fairness--of protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I was gratified when the council finally voted correctly, against bigotry, a familiar old enemy.
Indianapolis is my home. The treatment of our people and the improvement of their lives has always been vitally important to me. I worked hard for the passage of the ordinance, helping individual counselors to understand its importance as a matter of basic democratic and human values, and would do it again to make our city a better place. In Congress I work to support efforts to advance human rights and oppose efforts to erode those rights.
Andre has assured me that he will continue his grandmother's legacy as an advocate for the GLBT community, regardless of who his friends are, or what religion they are.
To not vote for Carson because he is a Muslim is the same as not voting for Mitt Romney because he was a Mormon. The founding fathers were pretty sharp guys with not wanting a religious test for anyone to hold public office. To solely judge an individual based on their faith is a bad idea. Religion can gives us an idea about the candidate, but it is just a facet.
It is their position on issues and the leadership they can provide should be the true test of whether they are worthy of your vote.
But in the end that's exactly what supporters of Elrod fear. Talking about the issues might shed light on the fact that Elrod mirrors George W. Bush on just about every major issue.