Ellison's YouTube Fact-Checked, Rival's Is Axed

The 5th District rep and his DFL challenger faced tough video reviews.

Disputed Figures on Income Inequality
Minnesota Public Radio said U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) was only half-right when he cited statistics about income disparities during a widely-viewed video last week. Ellison contrasted rising income for the top 1 percent of earners with flat growth for the bottom 90 percent.

MPR PoliGraph fact-checkers said Ellison's breakdown masked income growth for some within the bottom 90 percent. But a commenter disputed MPR's analysis, saying that fact-checkers were confusing individual and household income statistics.

In a week's time, registered more than 380,000 views on YouTube.

Ellison Speaks on LGBT People, Jobs and Veterans
Ellison made several public appearances around the Twin Cities last week. On Friday, :

When you stood up to defend our country, you weren't standing up to fight for some warlord or some king. You stood up to fight for the best principles of all mankind: democracy, liberty, justice.

On Wednesday in Hopkins, . (That measure will be on the 2012 ballot.)

On Tuesday, Ellison was in Minneapolis to speak about job creation at a rock-climbing facility, and for the opening of a new Minority Business Development Agency office. The MBDA is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

On Monday, Ellison was scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Fridley City Council, but he .

Fifth District Challengers
Meanwhile, the three candidates running against Ellison's re-election in 2012 drew attention from near and far last week.

The Canada Free Press posted an article last Tuesday about , who is mounting her second challenge to Ellison (and her first as a Republican). "I do not believe that Keith Ellison himself is all that popular," Torgerson told the conservative news website. "I think he gets elected simply because he is a Democrat, and this has largely been a Democrat district."

At his campaign website, Republican Chris Fields drew attention to his appearance along with two other local black Republicans on WCCO-AM to discuss Herman Cain's candidacy for the GOP nomination for president. "I think he could be [a viable candidate]," Fields said on the program. "I think that people are attracted to his plain speaking. I think folks are attracted to a businessman—a no-nonsense businessman."

National media picked up on the story of , who is running against Ellison as a DFLer. Talking Points Memo and the Huffington Post quoted from Patch's interviews with Boisclair about his "sub-goal" of running graphic ads on TV, while Politico viewed YouTube's move as a test case for the freedom of political speech on the internet.

Tom November 15, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Keith is doing a fine job as our congressman. I appreciate his work to highlight the growing income disparity in our country. Conservatives that want to protect Donald Trump from a tax increase are wrong. Keep up the good work Keith!
Elaine Wynne November 15, 2011 at 02:16 PM
The real story is Keith Ellison is elected because he is so liked and respected and because he is a Democrat.
Kevin O'Donovan November 15, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Tom and Elaine, if you want to keep getting the same results keep doing the same thing. If you're happy with the unemployment rate,clap your hands. If you're happy with foreclosures, clap your hands. If you're happy with the national debt, clap your hands. If you're happy with rising medical and insurance costs, clap your hands. If you're happy with soaring gas prices, clap your hands, and by all means vote for Ellison so these goodies can continue.
Charlie Dickens November 16, 2011 at 01:07 AM
Kevin, you forgot a few. If you're happy with corruption, enabling policies from a radical clap your hands. I would rather protect someone who worked for it than someone who just continues to have more kids for a hand out. I have to laugh at the fine job comment! Woot Woot....
Dennis Gillespie November 17, 2011 at 02:49 PM
You would think the Democrats have no rich people in their party. You don't have to look very far or very hard to find that many of them are very rich liberals. Some of them claim they should be paying more but in fact do not. Take George Soros, he has 11 tons of gold which is about $1800 per ounce, that is just one small portion of his portfolio. He has made billions by destroying the currency of several countries. Take the Pohlad family here in Minnesota, they made millions as soon as we got their new baseball stadium built for them. You take Bill and Linda Gates, Steve Jobs of Apple Computer, Warren Buffet. Wallstreet contributed to Obama's campaign more money than any other candidate in history. Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae were also big contributors to the Obama campaign. Look at all the Hollywood Libs that contribute to the Democrats.


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