Congress’s One Muslim Member Says Clinton Camp Taking Advantage of Obama Smear

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 5, 2008 4:11pm

In an interview with the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim ever elected to Congress, says the Clinton campaign is "opportunistically trying to reap the benefit" of the smear campaign that Obama, whom Ellison supports, is a Muslim Manchurian candidate.

"People are going to throw some stuff on the wall and see what sticks and at this point the Clinton camp is trying to do whatever it can to be successful," Ellison says. "And if that means benefiting from political bigotry, I don’t think they will try to put a stop to it."

Ellison was reacting in part to Hillary Clinton telling 60 minutes that Obama isn’t a Muslim "as far as I know."

"I think that Barack Obama’ s Democratic opponents will say and do anything to try and win," Ellison says.

- jpt

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