Ellison lauds top Republicans for taking stand against Bachmann

Rep. Keith Ellison has written an editorial piece for the Washington Post that praises Sen. John McCain and Speaker of the House John Boehner for denouncing fellow Republican Rep. Bachmann for her recent accusations of Ellison being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Minnesota Democrat also said he's proud McCain defended Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's aide, Huma Abedin.
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Rep. Keith Ellison has written an editorial piece for the Washington Post that praises Sen. John McCain and Speaker of the House John Boehner for denouncing fellow Republican Rep. Bachmann for her recent accusations of Ellison being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Minnesota Democrat also said he's proud McCain defended Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's aide, Huma Abedin.

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