The potential first Muslim (of Louis Farrakhan derivation) member of Congress gets support from Jewish Democrats who know where their own loyalties really lie. From The Jewish Week:
...the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) has come to the aid of Keith Ellison, a Democratic House candidate from Minnesota. Ellison, who stands a good chance of becoming the first Muslim in Congress, once admired Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan but has since repudiated him. He has also taken up the pro—Israel cause, arguing that 'terrorism is the greatest impediment to peace' and saying that 'until Hamas denounces terrorism, recognizes the absolute right of Israel to exist peacefully and honors past agreements, it cannot be considered legitimate partners in this process.'
Ellison has strong relations with the Minneapolis—St. Paul Jewish community and was endorsed by the community's Jewish newspaper.
But Republican Alan Fine, a Jew who is running against Ellison and an Independent candidate, blasted Ellison's past association with the black Muslim groups, calling it a question of 'character.'
That led the NJDC, a partisan group, to rally to Ellison's defense.
'Republicans can't beat Keith Ellison on the merits of their policy positions,' said Ira Forman, the NJDC director. 'So instead, they appear to be using his religion as a weapon to question his patriotism. These kinds of scare tactics are disgraceful and have no place in mainstream politics.'