The best campaign slogan this election year comes from Congressman Keith Ellison: EVERYBODY COUNTS, EVERYBODY MATTERS. That says it all, doesn’t it? It shows respect for his constituency—even for those people who didn’t vote for him. It also shows an awareness of his own voting on Capitol Hill. He understands how his legislative action can impact the lives of ALL Americans—not just Minnesotans, but everybody in this country.
Keith Ellison is one of those rare politicians who actually believes in the American Dream. Regardless of color, creed, ethnicity, or ideology, he knows we’re all dreamers in this idealistic country together. He knows that his America is also my America, your America, our America. He really “gets it.” More importantly, he understands that government was designed to help people lead their best lives. That’s why he’s not just a politician, he’s also a public servant.
And everyday, in so many ways, he’s proud to serve his constituents. Just look at what this Congressman can accomplish in a typical workweek. He’s out marching with union demonstrators. He’s cutting through the red tape of VA bureaucracy so veterans and their families can get their deserved benefits. He’s speaking out against injustice and government waste. Then he makes time to appear on TV so he can clarify issues before they become divisive misunderstandings. He’s out there trying to make America work for everybody.
Go online and check out his voting record. He votes in accordance with what he believes. He stands for something. That’s called integrity. For him, doing a good job isn’t about quid pro quos with big campaign contributors. It’s about passing legislation for the common good—and that means helping the little guys who can’t afford to donate big money for his re-election.
For Keith Ellison, it’s about doing the right thing. That’s why he’s more than a public servant. He’s a real statesman.