POLITICO: House Democrat denounces ‘harmful’ slams on Muslim lawmaker

“It has … come to my attention that there have been a shocking amount of comments made in conservative publications and on social media to the effect that Rep. Carson’s integrity is somehow in question as a result of his religion,” Crowley wrote. “These comments deeply offend me, as I’m sure they offend all of you, which is why I hope all of us will take every opportunity to renounce these kinds of comments and discourage this kind of harmful talk.”

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INDY STAR’S TULLY: Andre Carson shatters Muslim stereotypes

[Congressman Carson is h]onored, he said, and understanding of the fact that this appointment sends a loud message at a time when anti-Muslim sentiment isn’t hard to find. The message, he said, “is that it’s important to have members on these committees who represent our diverse electorate and our diverse country.”

 

That’s crucial in part, he said, because the law enforcement agencies that his new committee spends much of its time meeting with and overseeing must build stronger relationships with Muslim, Sikh and other minority communities throughout the country.

 

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INDY STAR: Rep. Andre Carson: Muslims help thwart terrorism

“We want to see relationships where trust can be built and the relationship doesn’t feel purely transactional,” he said. “I’ve said time and time again that one of the biggest allies our intelligence has is the Muslim community. They know their communities better than anyone.

“I just had a meeting with the FBI and (the National Security Agency) and Justice Department, and we were talking about the efforts that the Muslim community has really contributed collectively in terms of thwarting potential attacks that you’ll never even hear about in the media.”

 

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POLITICO: Nancy Pelosi to name first Muslim lawmaker to House intelligence committee

Carson would be the first Muslim to serve on the committee and was the second Muslim to be elected to Congress. He already serves on the Armed Services Committee and worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s Fusion Center — the clearinghouse established by the federal government to streamline data sharing between the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice and the military.

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INDY STAR’S TULLY: André Carson, with hugs and handshakes, is still running hard

Indy Star reporter Matthew Tully spent Election day with Team Carson.

Carson has settled in nicely to what he sees as the old-school job of being a congressman. That means working your district at every opportunity and treating constituent services, like his grandmother did before him, as job one. All politics is local, he’ll tell you, echoing congressional giants of yore, and he makes clear he’s not going to be one of those lawmakers who forgets that D.C. power means nothing if you can’t get yourself re-elected back home.

 

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WTHR: Incumbents win easily in early election returns for Indiana

Rep. Carson released the following statement after winning re-election: 

“I am honored and humbled to continue to serve my neighbors, friends and family as your representative from the District where I was born and raised.

“I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the last several years, but our work is not done. My focus in Indianapolis will not waver from looking for ways to help create jobs, cut crime and grow the economy.

“Tonight, I am renewing my commitment to every Hoosier – regardless of race, income, or who you love – I will continue to work hard to make things better for you and your family in Indianapolis.”

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