Ellison stands up for Indiana voters, unlike Mike Pence

The honorable Keith Ellison (D-MN) is doing a better job of standing up for Hoosiers than his colleague on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, Indiana Republican Mike Pence.

During testimony this evening, Ellison put GOP vote suppression guru Hans von Spakovsky through the ringer:

ELLISON: Now here’s something that happened on the May 7th Indiana election. A dozen nuns and another unknown number of students were turned away from the polls Tuesday in the first use of Indiana’s stringent voter ID law since it was upheld last week by the United State Supreme Court. Mr. von Spakovsky, you wanna stop nuns from voting?

VON SPAKOVSKY: [silence]

ELLISON: Why don’t you want nuns to vote, Mr. von Spakovsky?

VON SPAKOVSKY: Congressman Ellison, uh-

ELLISON: I’m just curious to know.

(TPM promises to have video of this exchange soon; I’ll update as soon as it’s available.)

While I’m very glad that someone in Congress is standing up for the rights of Hoosiers, it’s sad that it has to be a Congressman from Minnesota. It’s a good thing we have Barry Welsh, a candidate who cares about Hoosiers. I’m sure he’d appreciate a little support.