Today at the American Muslim Democratic Caucus, I had the opportunity to interview Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and former U.S. Army Chaplain James Yee, both of whom are strong supporters of Barack Obama’s candidacy for president.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick - from the south side of Chicago - spoke to the members of the American Muslim Democratic Caucus in Arabic and they were appreciative of his efforts. He had lived 3 years in Darfur, Sudan and picked up some of the language while living there.
“You are an important part of the Democratic family,” said Gov. Patrick addressing approximately 150 Muslims from across the country in the Majestic Ballroom of Denver’s Sheraton Hotel Downtown. “I think there are occasions where you have acutely felt that our national party was not as open as you wanted it to be. You are a part of this party and we are a part of you. We are stronger as a party and a nation when we make room,” Gov. Patrick added calling Sen. Barack Obama “a once in a generation nominee” that can “help us find our way back to each other in common cause.”