Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) told the Islamic Circle of North America – Muslim American Society 2012 Convention attendees “America, will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Koran.”
Carson is infamous for having told reporters his story about Tea Party health care protesters hurling racial slurs during their walk from the Cannon Building to the chambers. Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart offered a $100,000 reward for any proof of these accusations.Audio and video recordings of the event have been posted on the Internet, no proof has yet been provided by those who made the accusations, and the reward remains unclaimed.
On August 28, 2011, Carson told a gathering of supporters when referring to the Tea Party “This is the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow,” Carson said. “Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me… hanging on a tree.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) contributed $4,000 each from their own campaign funds and $10,000 each from their political action committees to the Carson campaign.
Carson is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, New Democrat Coalition and the youngest member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Climate Change Caucus, Human Rights Caucus, International Conservation Caucus, Labor and Working Families Caucus, and LGBT Equality Caucus.
DiscoverTheNetworks.org points out:
A 2002 report by Joelle Fishman, chair of the Communist Party USA‘s Political Action Committee, stated that the Progressive Caucus “provides an important lever that can be used to advance workers’ issues and move the debate to the left in every Congressional District in the country.” In a 2010 CPUSA report, Party member David Bell identified Progressive Caucus members as his organization’s “allies in Congress.”
In the 2008 Presidential Election, Carson endorsed Senator Barack Obama in April 2008, and later won Obama’s endorsement for his own May 2008 Democratic primary battle.
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