U.S. House Rep. Keith Ellison publicly endorsed a candidate for Mayor this past week. For Minneapolis, which lies in his own congressional district? No, New York City.
Andy Mannix at City Pages thought it odd, too:
Keith Ellison must be feeling pretty confident after winning reelection so handily against Republican Chris Fields last November.
On Current TV yesterday, Ellison became the first politician to publicly endorse Anthony Weiner's prospective New York City mayoral campaign. Yes, that Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who not two years ago had to resign after accidentally sending a picture of his manhood into the twitterverse.
"Anthony's a good guy in my opinion," Ellison told Current host Bill Press. "Now, he should've came clean once he got busted, you know, and I'm sorry he didn't do that. But he's sorry he didn't do that. And his wife's sorry he didn't do that."
Mannix aptly sums up disgraced politicians:
(That's a good lesson for future reference, congresspeople. The time to come clean is after you have already been caught.)
Do you also find it odd that Weiner is running for office after such an embarrassing and very public offense? So does Joshua Green at BusinessWeek:
One reason Weiner has so few friends is that most members of Congress, including his fellow Democrats, regarded him as chiefly concerned with his own aggrandizement—he spent more time shouting at Republicans on cable television than legislating. Given how that turned out for him, you might imagine he’d be especially eager to show some substance. You’d imagine New York City voters would want to see that, too.
Another thing Weiner and Ellison have in common: shouting at republicans. Ellison made headlines last year losing his temper on a radio debate with opponent Chris Fields, and more recently with Sean Hannity on Fox News.
If anything, we can look forward to the New York Post's creative cover pages this year — like those for the disgraced Congressman in 2011:
Ellison (who many from all political parties in my district consider a disgrace) once again ignores the Fifth Congressional District to help rehab a disgraced member of Congress run for Mayor — in New York City. Given the open Minneapolis Mayoral seat this year, perhaps he could endorse a candidate here. Then again, perhaps mayoral candidates of integrity may rather he doesn’t.