INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Rep. André Carson (D-7th District) is one of just twoMuslims who serve in Congress and his religion is suddenly an issuein the Congressman's bid for re-election.
The Facebook page for Carson's opponent, Republican Marvin Scottis one of two places on the Internet where anti-Muslim commentarypopped up over the weekend with André Carson as thetarget.
The other place is the Democratic blog called IndianapolisTimes. It posted the invitation to a Marvin Scott fundraiser inMarch. In it, the host suggests sarcastically that the Presidentshould appoint Carson to the Department of Homeland Security, theorganization created to protect us from Muslim terrorists.
Marvin Scott claims he never saw the complete letter until24-Hour News 8's Jim Shella showed him where to find it on theInternet. After he read it Shella said, "Strikes me that you couldinterpret that as anti-Muslim commentary."
"Well, lots of people join the campaign," Scott responded. "Theycome with many ideological notions about this. If I had seen this Iwould have advised against it."
Meanwhile, on Scott's campaign Facebook page, a supporter madean obscene suggestion regarding Allah. When we notified thecampaign of the posting, it was removed. "This was left on therefor a few days," says Scott strategist Bob Croddy, "and we took itdown as soon as it was brought to our attention."
Democrats are using the postings to rally support for Carson."This country will not accept that," says Marion County DemocratChairman Ed Treacy, "will not tolerate that nonsense and if he's(Scott) doing that, shame on him!"
Marvin Scott says he's not doing it. But he also says there isno reason to return the money raised at the controversial Marchfundraiser.
Shella asked him, "Is Andre Carson's religion an issue in thisrace?" "Not with me," Scott says. "But I don't control all thepeople who write to the blog and the way they feel."
And with regard to the fundraising letter, Scott says the authoris free to express his opinion. Bob Croddy, the strategist forMarvin Scott, does say that the person who approved the letter isno longer with the campaign.
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